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#1266481 - 03/29/09 03:06 PM Preachermantom's Daily Devotional
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Ten Commandments 3-30-09

Today I am starting a new series as I am sure you notice called the Ten Commandments. The commandments are so important for Christians. The first reason is it is a guide by which God has given us to live our lives by. I hope each day you will examine yourself and see how you are doing in lining up to God's commands. The second reason is it is a great witnessing tool. When you tell somebody about Jesus if we will take them through the 10 commandments it easy to show that person how we have broken every commandment and need redemption through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

So lets look at some scripture.

Jesus said..."Do not think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. Matt.5:17

Jesus said..."Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." Matt.5:19

I have heard many folks over the years make comments that we are not under the law anymore but under grace...which is true and it is false. Let me explain. We are still to live by the Ten Commandments and some other commandments that Jesus gave but we are also not held by the old sacrificial systemwhich was part of the law as Jesus replaced that by the ULTIMATE sacrifice....Himself on the cross for our sin.

I have not found any place in the Bible that tells us that the ten commandments are null and void. I believe we should look at them often. It should help us strive to keep our lives in order. It should also humble us daily as we see how often we fall short of what God expects from His people. Jesus Christ was fulfillment of the ten commandments as He is the ONLY ONE who ever kept the commandments perfectly.

So I hope you will join me as we look at each commandment and examine our lives to see how well we are holding up the Word of God.

God bless you my friends...Tom

p.s....I am posting this on Sunday for Monday as I will be on vacation tomorrow!
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#1267622 - 03/30/09 01:38 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Another Gooden. Have fun and be safe on your vacation.
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#1267669 - 03/30/09 06:01 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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#1268031 - 03/30/09 10:56 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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#1269294 - 03/31/09 06:06 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Boodaddy]
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#1269379 - 03/31/09 07:33 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Ten Commandments #1 3-31-09

Good Tuesday morning everyone. I had an amazing day yesterday! I killed my first turkey. It was a great morning and I just praise God for allowing me to enjoy a beautiful morning and to harvest a bird. I hope you had a good day yesterday too!

Now for the devotion.

Commandment number one says: "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage."

I wonder if it bothered God to have to tell us that He is God?? I have a hard time understanding how people can deny the that there is a God. It seems to me if people will just open their eyes it easy to see God all around us. Creation itself shouts praises to the Creator God! So not only did God feel it was important to remind us He is Our God but He also need to remind us what He has done for us. Israel needed to be reminded what He had done by bringing them out of the bondage of slavery in Egypt and now was going to be lead to the promise land although this generation would not make it the next would. God has brought us out of bondage too! If you have received forgiveness of your sin through the blood of Jesus Christ you have been freed from the slavery of sin!! Thank you Jesus!!! I hope and pray God doesn't have to remind us of that very often! Now God is leading us to the promise land, an eternity in heaven. Wow we are so unworthy. Thank you Jesus for making us worthy by your death on the cross.

I want to challenge you this morning to look at Israel's journey. Often we we laugh at the disobedience and laugh and say I can't believe they would turn their backs on God like that, but when we examine it closer we are just like them...stubborn and hardheaded! It is a shame God has to remind us of Himself but it is a blessing He loves us enough to do so!!!

Have a great day in the Lord!!!

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#1269482 - 03/31/09 08:53 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Excellent reminder PMT, have to do it alot myself. ;\)
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#1269753 - 03/31/09 11:43 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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What do you suppose Ephesians 2:15 means which it says

"by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations..."

tricky tricky... Sometimes it is hard to get a clear understanding of the bible without looking at the entire context to get the full picture.

Romans 7:6
"But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code."

I am in no way saying that the 10 commandments are null and void, and I think there is much to be learned from them, but I do think they were written to a specific audience, the Israelites.

just a thought. not an argument. I appreciate you taking the time to write these devotionals.

God Bless!

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#1269932 - 03/31/09 01:33 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: DeerSlayer]
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Very nice,thanks!!
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#1269979 - 03/31/09 02:15 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Wrangler95]
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Very nice, thanks!
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#1271084 - 04/01/09 02:21 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Mathews Hunter]
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Another good one.
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#1271114 - 04/01/09 05:36 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: ]
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PM sent PMT. \:\)
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#1271369 - 04/01/09 09:40 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Wrangler95]
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Good morning to all! I need to go back and clarify something form yesterday. What I talked about yesterday was not a commandment! It was the opening of Chp. 20 of exodus and needed to be talked about before the commandments given by God but we will discuss the first commandment today. Sorry about that mistake!

Ok the first commandment is summed up like this Trust God only!!!

Exd 20:3 "You shall have no other gods before Me."

Exd 20:4 "You shall not make for yourself a carved image--any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;

Exd 20:5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,

Exd 20:6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

This commandment is really very simple but yet so very hard. God wants and demands to be first. This morning we must examine our lives and ask ourselves "Is God first in my life?" If yes praise the Lord!!! If not what is that idol we are putting before Him? Is it our job? Is it our hobby? Is it our wife or husband? Is it our children? Is it the T.V.? Is it your money? The list can go on and on. STOP right now and examine yourself. Pray to the Lord Almighty and ask Him to show you...He will. One way to evaluate yourself is look at where you spend your time. How much time do you spend in Bible study, prayer, worship, fellowship, and witnessing. Ok now how much time do you spend on other things. Americans are terrible at breaking this commandment. We are serving many idols in our lives and God is way down the list. In evaluating myself this morning I still have work to do in this area. God tells us He is jealous!!! He wants and deserves our worship!!!

Well I think enough has been said for us to think about today....again so simple but yet so hard. Only God deserves our worship...how are you doing in this area today??? Some knee mail may be in order.

I am praying for you.....Tom
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#1271474 - 04/01/09 10:42 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Doing poorly in that area preacher, thanks for the boost.

Edited by MUP (04/01/09 10:42 AM)
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#1272707 - 04/02/09 08:41 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Ten Commandments #3

Good Thursday Morning everyone! Praise Jesus as it is another great day to be alive and serving the King!

Lets jump into the Word of God.

Today's commandment is something many do not even realize the seriousness of what they are doing and honestly it makes me cringe when I hear someone do it!!

Ex.20:7 says "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain."

God pretty much gets straight to the point on this commandment!!! If you use His name without respect and awe, or basically carelessly you will reap what you have sown. I can not explain why but even when I was young and did not know the Lord it bothered me to hear someone use God's name as a cuss word. Now if I hear it I want to say something to that person or crawl under a table thinking the wrath of God may be coming!! Now let me be clear I have never seen God strike someone down on the spot for that but God makes it very clear of His displeasure of flippantly throwing around His name.

I heard a preacher several years ago even warn of saying things that even have the same nearness of using God's name in vain such as dog gone, Gee whiz, or dad blame. We all need to let the Holy Spirit guide us in this area I am not sure what I think about these other words but anything that would be a stumbling block to someone else we need to get rid of! The other day I heard my little girl keep saying Holy cow and I asked to stop saying Holy anything as it is not appropriate. I am not sure where she picked it up at but it is very hard to explain to a five year old why she can't say that. I told you that to say their are other names we need to be sure not to use in vain too such as Jesus, Lord, and the Holy Spirit.

My challenge for you today is listen today and see how many times either you or others use God's names in vain. It may startle when you realize just how much folks take God's names in vain, and if you have a bad habit of using His name's in vain there is no better time to work on stopping than now!

May God bless you today...Tom
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#1272720 - 04/02/09 08:51 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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I try to be a stickler when it comes to using His name also. And try to guide my family in this as well, even my little 5yr old. If she ever says anything I think might be out of the way, I'll just let her know that it's not nice to say it, but will try to point her toward another phrase/word instead.

Thanks again PMT! Great material.
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#1273960 - 04/02/09 11:40 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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#1273976 - 04/03/09 12:10 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Have just noticed your contributions. Are you an ordained pastor, of a congregation? If so, which denomination?
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#1274360 - 04/03/09 10:30 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: ]
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Lamentations 2:7
The Lord has rejected his own altar; he despises his own sanctuary. He has given Jerusalem's palaces to her enemies. They shout in the LORD's Temple as though it were a day of celebration.


Lamentations speaks of God's judgment on his own people. They had turned their backs on him to worship other gods. God allowed the enemy to destroy the temple. For years it laid in ruins. Our choices can cause God to allow the enemy access into our lives. We can become just like the abandoned home overgrown with unnecessary distractions that choke out our faith. Keep your faith strong through prayer, Bible study, and serving others.
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#1274488 - 04/03/09 12:37 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Ten Commandments #4

Good Friday to all. Sorry I am a little late in getting this up today but I went turkey hunting this morning. We seen a few but no luck in bringing one home. So lets get to the devotion.

This commandment and peoples outright disregard for the Sabbath day has always made me ask myself why? It is very simple.

Exodus 20:8-11


8"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.


9Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work;


10but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God. In it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates.


11For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

God has made it clear we are to have a Sabbath day! I am not here to argue what day of the week but to say we are to have one!! He wants us to worship and rest in Him on that day. We as Christians are as guilty as anyone in disobeying this commandment. Remember the old days when the family would go to church and spend the day together enjoying each others company and even sometimes fellowshiping with the body of Christ at church with eating on the grounds of the church? I even believe we are disobeying God by going out to eat which causes people to work on the Sabbath.

The eleventh verse even says God hallowed it! Which means set apart, made sacred, or holy! If God hallowed it, it makes sense for us to hold our Sabbath as a day to reguard very highly! Once we have come to Jesus we should have a longing for church. To worship the Lord God Almighty. To have fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. I love going to church and as the man of the house it is my responsibility to have my family there too! I am gonna close with one more verse....if you are not a regular worshiper on the Sabbath think about what God is saying and if you don't have a longing for worship on the Sabbath you might need a heart check up!!

Hebrews 10:25:

25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as ye see the Day approaching

Have a great weekend!!! I will be out of town on a mission trip until Wend. so my next devotion will be Thurs. Talk to you then!

Tom
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#1274493 - 04/03/09 12:40 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: ]
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I have also pastored a couple of churches too...yes I am an ordained minister.

Y'all keep up the good commments I enjoy your reponses.
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#1274496 - 04/03/09 12:42 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks Tom. Once again, some work needs to be done on my part. \:\)
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#1275374 - 04/04/09 01:13 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Another gooden,Better late than never. ;\)

Seening as you went Turkey hunting hope you have better luck next time.

I will also mention this and hope that you maybe get to see or "tag" what I got a chance to see the other day by God's grace.

Had to go out the other day to take my dad to the doctor. one of my neighbors fields saw a flock of turkeys,lost count at 13 as hey got close together and were about 200-250 yards away.Any way saw one Struting around and another one that was White fazed and a gobbler at that that red head stuck out real good on that white neck and green background.

BTW I ran late due to that myself. \:D



Now on the below...
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God has made it clear we are to have a Sabbath day! I am not here to argue what day of the week but to say we are to have one!! He wants us to worship and rest in Him on that day. We as Christians are as guilty as anyone in disobeying this commandment. Remember the old days when the family would go to church and spend the day together enjoying each others company and even sometimes fellowshiping with the body of Christ at church with eating on the grounds of the church? I even believe we are disobeying God by going out to eat which causes people to work on the Sabbath.


...Your last line,,Wouldn't that depend on which day they choose for the sabbath???

One other thing for all here I'am guilty of breaking this one far more than I care to admit to,however in doing so it has made one thing clear. If you follow this one you will get far more done in 6 days than you ever will in working all seven. Try it and see for yourself.
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#1275407 - 04/04/09 06:34 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Good points Tiny!!! I agree on how much work you will get done in 6 days! And that is an interesting thought on eating on the Sabbath, I will have to think on that.
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#1278142 - 04/06/09 11:12 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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btt and awaiting the next one. ;\)
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#1280357 - 04/07/09 02:22 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Ten Commandments #4

Good Friday to all. Sorry I am a little late in getting this up today but I went turkey hunting this morning. We seen a few but no luck in bringing one home. So lets get to the devotion.

This commandment and peoples outright disregard for the Sabbath day has always made me ask myself why? It is very simple.

Exodus 20:8-11


8"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.


9Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work;


10but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God. In it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates.


11For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

God has made it clear we are to have a Sabbath day! I am not here to argue what day of the week but to say we are to have one!! He wants us to worship and rest in Him on that day. We as Christians are as guilty as anyone in disobeying this commandment. Remember the old days when the family would go to church and spend the day together enjoying each others company and even sometimes fellowshiping with the body of Christ at church with eating on the grounds of the church? I even believe we are disobeying God by going out to eat which causes people to work on the Sabbath.

The eleventh verse even says God hallowed it! Which means set apart, made sacred, or holy! If God hallowed it, it makes sense for us to hold our Sabbath as a day to reguard very highly! Once we have come to Jesus we should have a longing for church. To worship the Lord God Almighty. To have fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. I love going to church and as the man of the house it is my responsibility to have my family there too! I am gonna close with one more verse....if you are not a regular worshiper on the Sabbath think about what God is saying and if you don't have a longing for worship on the Sabbath you might need a heart check up!!

Hebrews 10:25:

25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as ye see the Day approaching

Have a great weekend!!! I will be out of town on a mission trip until Wend. so my next devotion will be Thurs. Talk to you then!

Tom


In the beginning, after 6 days of creating and bringing Adam on the scene, God rested the 7th day.


There is nothing in scripture to indicate that Adam, or anyone else, kept the Sabbath. It was never mentioned until God gave it to Israel as part of the Covenant of Law. Then, it was to be a day of rest for man and beast alike. (Leviticus 23:3)


It was a sign between God and Israel (Exodus 31:12-17). Since we are under Grace and not Law, the Sabbath Day has no place in our experience. It, with all the other ordinances and laws, was crucified with Christ. (Colossians, 2:14)


Never was the Sabbath changed to Sunday. The first day is never called the Sabbath. It was merely the day, in view of the resurrection, that the early church came together. (I Corinthians 16:2 and Acts 20:7)


Romans 14: 5 and 6 makes it plain that no one day is to be above any other. But, our Lord is our all-in-all, seven days a week, not just one. (Col 2:16 and 17)
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#1282417 - 04/08/09 07:45 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Ten Commandments #5

What an awesome mission trip I just returned from! The youth did a great job getting a summer camp ready for use to bring others closer to Christ. Thank you for all the birthday wishes while I was gone, although I am getting to the age I would like to forget about birthdays...lol!

Now to today's devotion!

This is one of my favorites! It seems so simple. I dare say all of us have gone through stages in life where we purposely disregarded this commandment. Why?

Exodus 20:12 "Honor your father and mother that your days may be long upon the land, which the Lord your God is giving you."

This is the only commandment with a blessing attached. "Your days may be long." I find this very interesting. Honor my mom and dad and I will live longer....hmmmm! Have ya gone to Wal-mart recently? I know hat is a dumb question but I do have a point! I can't believe what I see and hear in there! Kids outright disrespecting their parents. I can't tell you how many times I have wanted to grab a kid up and wear their little tails out for the way they are talking to their parents. I still remember the FEW times I disrespected my parents with my mouth. Let me just say I was corrected and taught to respect my parents. It seems like I may have had some sore jaws or a sore butt a few times too!

Let me also say I realize many have parents who do not deserve honor as they have not been good parents. God did not put an exception clause in His commandment. Forgiveness may show your parents more than they ever showed or taught you! Honor must be given for the simple fact that without your parents you would not be here.

As I have gotten older I think back at how many times I thought my parents were so stupid. The more time passes I realize how very smart they were and how much they loved me. I find everyday my parents were much more intelligent than I ever imagined. Call your mom and dad today and tell them how much they mean to you....life is short!

Honor them and live!

Have a great Thursday!

Tom
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#1282834 - 04/09/09 01:06 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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#1282866 - 04/09/09 05:26 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Awesome reminder PMT! Thanks again! \:\)
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Good Friday 4-10-09

Today I am gonna veer off the track of the Ten Commandments. For us Christians this is one of the most important weekends of our faith. For without the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus our faith is of no use. It would be dead like all other religions of the world.

Luke 23:32-47

32 There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. 33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”And they divided His garments and cast lots. 35 And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God.”
36 The soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him sour wine, 37 and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself.”
38 And an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew:

THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”
40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”
43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
Jesus Dies on the Cross

44 Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45 Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. 46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Having said this, He breathed His last.
47 So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!

I have often wondered why they call today Good Friday?? For many years I thought there is nothing good about the killing of the sinless Son of God. But when you examine the scriptures we find it absolutely essential that Jesus die on that old rugged cross for our sins. Nothing that we have done makes this Friday good....but what Jesus did for us on this Friday over 2000 years ago makes it GOOD! I hope today you will take the time today and throughout the weekend to remember how much Jesus loves you and what He did in sacrificing His own body and blood for you and for me.

Let me pray for us today...Oh heavenly Father, we come praising the name of Jesus today. We thank you for providing your son on our behalf. We deserve hell but you love us so much that you paved the way to heaven with the blood of Christ. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! We give you the glory, the honor, and the praise. May our lives reflect the love of Christ to others, for it is in the precious name of Jesus I pray...amen.

Enjoy your weekend...and praise the Lord.

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#1285573 - 04/11/09 08:51 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Matthew 26:31-35
Then Jesus told them, "This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: "'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.' But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee." Peter replied, "Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will." "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times." But Peter declared, "Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you." And all the other disciples said the same.
But none did........

Praise You LORD JESUS for Shading Your BLOOD THAT WE MAY HAVE ETERNEL LIFE with You and THE FARTHER.....AMEN
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#1287057 - 04/12/09 08:52 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Boodaddy]
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Guys and Gals I am headed to Ethridge, Tn to help rebuild a church destroyed in a tornado last Feb. So unless they have internet which I doubt I won't have a devotion until wend.!! Sorry! Pray for us please!
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Ten Commandments #6

Well my friends I am back from the mission field and it was a great trip. There isn't much more of a blessing one can get than serving others. Thanks for the prayers and please pray for me today as I am not feeling the greatest...getting a cold I think!

Now for today's devotion.

This commandment sounds very easy but we may need to dig a little deeper to see we have all broken it!

Exodus 20:13 "You shall not murder."

I can hear many folks right now saying "Finally one I have kept all my life" oh really? Jesus compares murder with anger against our brothers and sisters. Look at this passage:

Matthew 5:21-24


21"Ye have heard that it was said by them of old, `Thou shalt not kill,' and `Whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment.'


22But I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment; and whosoever shall say to his brother, `Raca,' shall be in danger of the council; but whosoever shall say, `Thou fool,' shall be in danger of hell fire.


23Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee,


24leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way. First be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

Wow how many times in our lives has somebody irritated us to the point that in our hearts we hated them? I know I can think back through the years and come up with many. I hope and pray as we go through our walk with the Lord that we grow and learn not to hate anyone! In our society today as it has been in the past also we have folks who are still prejudice. This is a form of hate and must be dealt with in one's life.

Jesus even goes on to tell us if we have something against a brother that He doesn't want our sacrifices either, He wants us to get our relationships right first...wow!

So as you can see again we are guilty of not following another commandment of the Lord. As first glance we can say I have never murdered but from the mouth of Jesus we have! OUCH!

Thank you Jesus for forgiveness, mercy, and grace! Have a great day in the Lord and chew on this for a while!

God bless...Tom
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Thanks PMT! It's a hard thing to put aside prideful hate, even strong dislike. See us thru oh Lord I pray. Amen.
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Ten Commandments #7

Good morning to all. It is a beautiful sunny morning here, a great day to praise the Lord.

Today's lesson on his commandment has become normal practice for many in the United States. In all honesty it has become accepted as ok....this makes me and more importantly God sick.

Exodus 20:14 "You shall not commit adultery."

Again God's word is plain and simple. Don't commit adultery!!! God designed sex for marriage. One thing that I see that goes along with this commandment is how our media glorifies adultery. One of the most popular t.v. shows today is Desperate Housewives. This basis for the whole show is adultery and t.v. and movies are filled with this same mentality.

Why as Christians do we watch things like this? If we are watching it we are promoting it in my opinion. I have always heard what we put in our minds will eventually come out.

God's word also takes this adultery thing a little further:

Matthew 5:27-30


27"Ye have heard that it was said by them of old, `Thou shalt not commit adultery.'


28But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.


29And if thy right eye cause thee to fall, pluck it out and cast it from thee; for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.


30And if thy right hand cause thee to fall, cut it off and cast it from thee; for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell."

Jesus tells us that even watching and thinking I would like to have her is sin. He goes on to tell us if we have a problem with it we need to go to extreme measures to take care of it.

So if just looking causes Jesus to say these words, going through with adultery should make us stand back and think VERY seriously about this commandment!

Oh and back to the t.v. thing...when you are watching Eva Langoria walking around half naked are you lusting??? This is why we should watch what we watch!

God bless my brothers and sisters!

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II Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. (NIV)
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II Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. (NIV)


I agree 100% but will use the KJV

(KJV) 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
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Thanks again PMT! It's hard these days to find quality wholesome entertainment on the tube/movies, but it can be found. ;\)
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Ten Commandments #8

Good Monday to all. I had a great weekend. I took the youth and my 10 year old son, Eric to see a Christian rock concert. We had a blast praising the Lord! Skillet, Disciple, and Decyfer Down did an amazing job leading us in praising God through their music. It was awesome!

Well let's get on to the devotion for today.

Exodus 20:15 "You shall not steal."

I dare say this morning that at some point and time we have stolen something. Maybe as a kid it was some gum or some baseball cards. I remember a time in my life when I was a teenager their was a center for kids that had video games and pinball machines up the road from my house. Well I had used up all my money and my mom had given me all she was going to give me. So I started to steal change from my parents. Now as I look back on it I was pretty low down. I was breaking two commandments at once stealing and I certainly was not honoring my parents. I bet all of us can think of a time when we have stolen something.

If you are having a hard time coming up with anything there are some other areas we often don't think of as stealing but it is. For example taking extended breaks at work. At times I have been guilty as charged in this area. At most of my jobs breaks have designated times and I knowingly disobeyed, that is stealing from your employer. This next one is very hard for me to even say because I think we get stolen from by our government but that still doesn't keep us from paying our taxes as we are suppose too! Jesus said to "render unto Caesar what is Caesars". What about not reporting income. We can justify it in many different ways but when we try to justify it with God it just don't fly.

So as we all can see this morning if we examine this commandment stealing goes much further than the first thoughts that come to our mind. Again this morning I see God I have broken your commandment once again. I thank you Jesus for delivering me from the penalty of my sin. Thank you, thank you, thank you Jesus!

I love you all in the Lord...have a great Monday!

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#1296649 - 04/20/09 10:30 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks PMT! Definitely some words to think on again. \:\)
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#1297956 - 04/21/09 12:41 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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#1298636 - 04/21/09 04:48 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Ten Commandments #9

Sorry folks I am late with the devotion. I joined a friend of mine in west Tenn. for a turkey hunt today. It was awesome! We spooked a bunch of birds off the roost this morning first thing. After we sat down I had two hens fly down right to me at about 15 yards. I sure did try to grow some beards on those birds but it didn't work. We moved to another location and seen a Tom and 2 hens out in a field and put the stalk on them. My buddy gave a couple of yelps on the call and they came in right to us. He shot the Tom...9 inch beard, 1 1/2 inch spurs, 26 lbs. A very nice bird. Thank the Lord for a great day of hunting.

Now on to the devotion.

Exodus 20:16 "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor."

I find it very interesting that God wants us to protect people's reputations. In a day and time where even our brothers and sisters in Christ have a had time keeping from talking about other folks. I believe we can even take this further than false witness, but to gossiping period! Reguardless of if the gossip is true or false! Look at what Proverbs 11:13 says "A talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter." Basically means keeps ones mouth shut!

God also clarifies this even more in Romans 15:2 "Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification." Edification means building up! So if we are bearing false witness or gossiping about our neighbor are we building them up? I think the answer to that is pretty obvious. Also just to cover the part about neighbor. Neighbor is anybody we come in contact with in my opinion. Not just the person we live next door to.

As always we need to go our example and examine his life and conduct....Jesus. He did not lie about people and he did not gossip about people. Thus he has set the example for us. So as I look to this commandment I must confess I am nine for nine! I have broken them all so far. Showing me once again the need for a Savior. Thank God He provided me one by the name of Jesus!

Hope your day was as good as mine...God bless!

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#1299185 - 04/21/09 10:23 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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#1299345 - 04/22/09 05:42 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Thanks PMT! Definitely words to abide by!
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Ten Commandments #10

What a night! I woke up at about 1:00 a.m. with my ears popping and hurting like crazy. So i went to the E.R. I haven't had ear problems since I was a little kid and I hope I never do again. Please pray for my ears that they will clear up quickly...thank you!

Now for today's devotion.

Exodus 20:17 "You shall not covet your neighbor's house, you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's."

It always amazes me how God's word penned thousands of years ago is still so on target for today. Sure some of the things we covet now may not be our neighbor's donkey but coveting what others have is alive and prospering in our society today!

Have you ever noticed our children? When the latest toy or gadget or cell phone comes out they just have to have it. They tell us they are gonna die if they don't have one. Guess what, my child is still living. It must be a miracle from God!! Ha ha. The sad thing is that our children get this not only from their friends but from us their parents. We have taught our children and ourselves to covet and it has cost us dearly. Debt in our families is sky high and in most cases it is due to plain old coveting.

Have you ever thought about how we want everything right now and we want to keep up with our neighbors! For example not too long ago folks would save up their money and buy a small house. Then they would continue to save and as their family would grow they would buy a bigger house. Now sometimes they may have to borrow some money but it would not be a huge amount by the time they sold their house and had saved up some money. Now think to how we do it today. We get married and are fresh out of college and go looking at houses that are way past what we can truly afford. We have school loans and have not saved up any money. We buy that huge house just because of our greed and wanting to be like so and so. Now for the next 30 years we struggle with bills and many times as we buy more things we can't afford like fancy cars and we end up in bankruptcy. All because we covet what other people have.

Folks we need to lean to be content in what we have and can afford. One last thought....how many times was there something you just had to have? I mean your thoughts were on this thing all the time. The after you got it...3-6 months later you were not even using it anymore? I know I have.

Coveting stuff can quickly turn into some major sin in our life. So audit yourself this morning and see if we need to make some adjustments in this area!

Tell someone about Jesus today!

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#1299670 - 04/22/09 10:49 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Well put PMT! Lots of work to be done in that area for me and my family.
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Good Thursday morning to each of you! We have covered all 10 commandments so I just want to finish up this morning with a few thoughts and some scripture. So let's get started.

I find the verses immediately following the commandments very interesting.

Exodus 20:18-20

18 Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off. 19 Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.”
20 And Moses said to the people, “Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.

The people were terrified. From what I see here they thought if God spoke to them they were gonna die. But Moses calmed their fears and told them the commandments were given so they may not sin. As we have found out as we have gone through the commandments we have failed at every single one of these commandments. So God gave them to us so we would not sin but WE HAVE SINNED! This is the whole point in this series of messages. We could not keep the law or the ten commandments. When we don't keep the commandments we deserve punishment. For God is a Holy God and He wants His people to be obedient and follow Him. The punishment that we have chosen, notice I say we have chosen, is eternity in hell. Stop and just think about this for a moment.

I have some good news!!! Even though we have all failed miserably at keeping the commandments, God loves us so much He provided another way to Heaven. A very simple way. God sent His own Son to pay for our sin's on the cross. A free gift. Jesus says in John 14:6 "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Jesus is the only way!!!

Look at Roman's 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." This is that free gift I was talking about....the question is are you going to accept it!

The ten commandments are a great witnessing tool. It is the most effective way I know to reach those who are lost. A person must realize he is lost before he can be found and the commandments show each of us that we are sinners and need a Savior!

I hope you have enjoyed sharing God's word with you in this series. Share it with someone and please feel free to comment I enjoy hearing from you!

God bless and thank you Jesus for saving my soul.

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#1301062 - 04/23/09 09:13 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks for taking the time to post these devotionals PMT! Looking forward to the next series. ;\)
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#1301283 - 04/23/09 11:26 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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You all are welcome I enjoy doing them.
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#1302446 - 04/24/09 12:13 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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#1302686 - 04/24/09 09:22 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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God is love!

What a awesome morning here in Tennessee! The sun is up and it is going to be in the 80's today. Be sure to praise God for the beautiful day!

I was on the way to work this morning and I was listening to the radio as usual. They told a story about a man in Michigan who is a millionaire and he has hired a match making service to find him a wife. I did not fully grasp the part of the story but something was said about $50,000 I believe was going to be given to the wife to be....I may be wrong on that part. This story got my mind to thinking. Are we that desperate for love and companionship? I mean the man is a millionaire and can't find a wife on his own.

This scripture came to my mind:

1 John 3:7-8 "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love."

We all want to be loved I realize that. I think sometimes though we get so caught up in wanting to be loved by other people we often miss the most important love of all....God. Why do we get so caught up on wanting people to love us? The Creator of the universe does love us and that is something we should constantly think about and praise Him about.

Look what Paul tells us in 1 Corn. 7:8-9 "But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am; but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion."

The reason Paul tells us it is better not to marry is simple. We can focus on God with all we have. Once we get married and have kids obviously our focus isn't on God near as much as it could be if we were single. God knows us so well though He knew many of us "burn with passion" as Paul put it and provided marriage for us.

So back to the man from Michigan. If you have to buy love is it really love? If this man would find the love of Christ he would find all the love he needs in life. So my question for us today is have we found the real love of our life....Jesus Christ?

God bless and have a great weekend!

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I had a great weekend. I hope you did too! I am preaching a revival at Cypress Creek Baptist Church in Martin, Tn and preached on this topic yesterday. If you are in the area come and join us tonight at 7:00 p.m.

How many of us are satisfied with our nation and the direction it is going? I believe I already know the answer. None of us. As Christians it is time for us to do something. We have sit around far to long letting those who are non-believers or are not truly converted dictate how our nation is gonna be run!

When the Presidential election was taking place I heard a report on one of the news networks that 84% of our nation is Christian. I nearly fell out of my seat!!! 84%.....are you kidding me. Look at the morals of our nation and those who worship God on a regular basis and you tell me that 84% of our nation is Christian. I would hate to put a number to it but it would come no where close to 84%...matter of fact it wouldn't even make 50% in my opinion.....oh how I wish I was wrong but the nations walk pretty much proves it!

Let me give you the first of several examples this morning of how we know we are no where 84%:

1. Over a million babies killed a year.

Psalm 139:13-16


13 For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

God and God only is the giver and taker of life. From my study of the Bible I see it no other way. As Americans this is a hot topic but as Christians it really isn't hot or it shouldn't be. When or how have we become the judges on who lives and who dies. As we are talking about this we need to be very careful because we are headed for a time down the road that if a person is not useful such as retarded or has a disease or is unable to be productive in society we will kill them. Don't laugh. Our nation is headed that way. Why that might be the answer to our social security problem. When we get to old to be productive kill them. Take them out of the system.

But 84% of America is Christian...oh really!

God knows us before we are created and decides who lives and who dies....it is a life not a choice. What if your mom and dad had chosen for you not to live?

I know this is tough but as Christians we have to quit being silent and start standing we are running out of time!

God bless....Tom
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#1305284 - 04/27/09 10:39 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Excellent post Tom. Our pastor preached on bringing in the sheep that satan has stolen from the church over the years, and also about taking back our joy and zeal. Prayer, it's a wonderful thing to be heard by the living God!
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#1306171 - 04/28/09 07:45 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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I woke up this morning and it was raining outside. Listening to the rain sure is soothing. Makes one want to go back to bed! Let's be in prayer for this out break of swine flu as it sounds like it is spreading pretty fast at this point.

Now for todays devotion.

Today I want to move to my second point on how we now that Amwerica is not 84% Christian which was stated by a news organization during the Preisdential election.

2. Sexual sins are out of control.

It is unbelievable how America has openly accepted and glorified sexual sins. Homosexuals over time have moved right into the spotlight and nummed folks into thinking it is a alternate lifestyle. They have even moved into the church by convincing folks somehow that it is ok and the Word of God doesn't condem them. Well this morning I have news for them. The word of God does condem this lifestyle and calls it sin

Romans 1:24-27
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

Can God make it any more clear. What do those who call themselves Christians do with this part ofthe Bible tear it out? I believe this is another clear example of how we don't know our Bibles or maybe we think we should be the ones to pick and chose what is right and wrong not God.

Now homosexuality is not the only sexual sins we are dealing with. Adultery and sex outside marriage are just as big of a problem. Americans have come to glamourize these sins. Check out our movies, our t.v. show, the songs on the radio. Some of the most popular t.v. shows like Desperate Housewives is all about adultery...this is a good indication of where we are in America with our values and our relationships with Christ. Why in the world do we watch and pay our hard earned money to go to a movie that promotes the very thing that God commanded us not to do in the ten commandments?

I have Christian friends that are still dating and will make comments like "you try a car out before you but it don't ya?". Referring to having sex before marriage. It is plainly obvious that God intended sex for marriage and it is a beautiful thing in it's right place.

So again 84% of America is Christian....well not exactly.

Let me say this before I close. We are to love homosexuals and anyone who is in sin but we are not to love the sin and accept it as ok. These folks need healing and the church needs to be the place for that healing. We are to hate the sin not the sinner. Christ loved sinners and we are to do the same!

Have a great Tuesday!

In Christian love...Tom
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I first want to say I am sorry for missing yesterday. I had a great day in the woods turkey hunting and held revival services and never did have the net where I could use it. Well let's get to the Word of God.

A third example of where our so called Christian nation is proving that we are not following God is our abuse of drugs and alcohol. We have reached a time where the abuse of these items is basically helping destroy our country. What does God have to say about this?

Isaiah 28:7 (New King James Version)

7 But they also have erred through wine,
And through intoxicating drink are out of the way;
The priest and the prophet have erred through intoxicating drink,
They are swallowed up by wine,
They are out of the way through intoxicating drink;
They err in vision, they stumble in judgment.

29 Who has woe?
Who has sorrow?
Who has contentions?
Who has complaints?
Who has wounds without cause?
Who has redness of eyes?
30 Those who linger long at the wine,
Those who go in search of mixed wine.
31 Do not look on the wine when it is red,
When it sparkles in the cup,
When it swirls around smoothly;
32 At the last it bites like a serpent,
And stings like a viper.
33 Your eyes will see strange things,
And your heart will utter perverse things.
34 Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea,
Or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying:
35 “ They have struck me, but I was not hurt;
They have beaten me, but I did not feel it.
When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?|”

I am amazed at how on target God's word is even though it was penned thousands of years ago. Now the argument I always get about alcohol is this. God's word doesn't just come out and say do not drink or do not take drugs. But God's word is clear that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and we are to take care of these temples. If you start to get a buzz then you are destroying the temple and this is sin. How many folks do you know that drink one beer or glass of wine and quit??? Me too....none. There whole point of drinking is to obtain that buzz. This is wrong!

Drugs are destroying our country. The meth epidemic is out of control. The border war with Mexico is largely in part of America dependence on drugs...cocaine, pot, ect. The use of drugs for folks is there Jesus. That is where they obtain their so called peace....and guess what they will never find it there!

Jesus Christ should be where we get our high! He brings the peace that everyone is looking for. Give Him a try and find out for yourself!

Oh yeah 84% of our country claims to be Christian....what do you think?

Love ya brothers and sisters!

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#1309015 - 04/30/09 10:41 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Good message PMT! A harsh one no doubt, but good. ;\)
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Good Friday to all! I hope you all have a great day. It is raining here and everything is turning very green!!!

On to the devotion!

So far we have looked at 3 signs that out nation is not 84% christian as reported by a Cable news station during the Presidential election. I have one more sign I want to look at before we move on with some other thoughts. So here it is:

4. The church can't even get along!

Why do you think there are so many denominations? Basically it comes down to a difference of opinions about the Word of God or maybe it don't even have anything to do with God's word. So instead of working the problem out in love we split. What do you think God thinks about this? What are we gonna do when we get to heaven and we are all together? Let's look at God's word.

Romans 14:10-13

10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written:


“ As I live, says the LORD,
Every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall confess to God.”

12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. 13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.

As always we find in God's word what we suppose to be doing. It says not to be a stumbling block. Now let me be clear there are some things in God's word we must not be moved on for example.....virgin birth, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. Those are fundamentals and there are many others but there are many things in God's word that are open for interpretation as God reveals to each individual. Here is where the problem lies though....many do not read their Bibles for God to reveal it to them they just take it from hearing another person not learning from the Holy Spirit through Bible study!!

Oh brothers and sisters in Christ....how can we bring others to Jesus when we argue and split over silly things like what color the carpet is going to be? Of my years in the church most of the problems arise over something that is of very little importance to the Kingdom of God.

So church lets get our stumbling blocks out of the way for one day we will stand before and give account for ourselves!

Chew on this for a while and let me know what you think....God bless.....Tom
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Very true Tom. Squabbles over this and that should not hinder the church and it's ability to grow in Christ. I guess it's sometimes hard to see the forest for the trees tho. ;\)
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Keep them coming PMT. Thanks for your time to do this every day.
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Good Monday morning to everyone I hope you had a blessed weekend and took some time to worship the True and Living God!! On to today's devotion.

Last week we looked at some very obvious reasons why our nation is not 84% Christian as a news source reported during the Presidential election. So what is the problem with our nation? It is really quite simple. I found the answer in 2 Kings 22:8-13,20.

2 Kings 22:8-13 (New King James Version)

8 Then Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the LORD.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it. 9 So Shaphan the scribe went to the king, bringing the king word, saying, “Your servants have gathered the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of those who do the work, who oversee the house of the LORD.” 10 Then Shaphan the scribe showed the king, saying, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king.
11 Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, that he tore his clothes. 12 Then the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Achbor, the son of Michaiah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the king, saying, 13 “Go, inquire of the LORD for me, for the people and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that has been found; for great is the wrath of the LORD that is aroused against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.

20 “Surely, therefore, I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace; and your eyes shall not see all the calamity which I will bring on this place.”’” So they brought back word to the king.

As they brought the Word of God to Josiah the King, the king discovered the nation was not obeying the Word of God!!! Sound familiar? Look at the reaction of the King....He tore his clothes! He was in great distress at the nations rebellion to the word of God. Folks we should be in great agony ourselves at our outright rebellion to the word of God. God has blessed our nation for so long. I believe right now we are seeing a turning of God away from us. Why? Because we as a nation have turned away from His Word!!!

Look in verse 20...it tells us a great calamity was going to come upon Judah and up in verse 13 it tells of the wrath of the Lord that is aroused against them. Brothers and sisters this is where the good ole USA is headed if we don't get back to the Word of God! I really wonder if we as a nation have gone too far that we can't get back???

One last thing to look at for today....in verse 20 Josiah because of his faithfulness would be gathered to his grave in peace. Folks we have to do what God wants in our own lives first and then try to help others. Blessings will come if we do right in our own lives!

Our nation is dear to my heart as I am sure it is yours...this is a message we must get out....Return to the Word of God and obey before it is too late. We can have revival in this nation of ours but it must start with a return to our guide book for life...God's Word!

Have a blessed day and share this message with others....we got to get busy!!!

Love in the Lord....Tom
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#1314851 - 05/04/09 09:48 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks again PMT. \:\) I pray for our country and our leaders daily.
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Good morning to all. I am about ready to see the sun! Seems as though in our neck of the woods it has been a long time since the sun has shown itself....maybe today is the day!

Yesterday we talked about how King Josiah had been given the Word of God and was overwhelmed by the nations falling away from the Word. Just the same we should also be blown away by our nations falling away from the Word of God.

Here is the thought I want us to think about today. I believe we live in a day where we are more ignorant of the Word of God than ever! Here are a couple of thought provoking but revealing questions we should ask ourselves and others:

1. Do you read your Bible? How often?
2. Do you ever or even rarely see someone outside of church reading or carrying a Bible.
3. Do you study your Bible? We need to dig deep to find what God wants to show us.
4. Have you ever read your Bible from cover to cover?

Think about this....God has given us the guide book for our lives and many of us who call ourselves Christians have never read the Bible from cover to cover. We can come up with all the excuses we want to but none of them will cut it. We watch three hours of T.V. a night on average but we don't read our Bibles. We read hunting magazines, Good Housekeeping, Sports Illustrated, John Grishom books, ect, ect,ect, but we don't have time for the most important words in our life that come straight from God.

Are we seeing a problem here yet? It seems pretty clear to me why this nation of ours is turning away....we don't even know what God wants because we are not in His Word.

2 Timothy 2:15

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Pray my friends for a turning back...PRAY!

I love you in the Lord...Tom
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#1315639 - 05/05/09 08:00 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Good one PMT! Thanks for that! \:\)
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Guilty. Thanks for the stirring PMT.
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I may be a new member but not new to the word of God , we all need more understanding of the word and although God uses people he will if your heart is right and if you dilligently seek him the Holy Spirit will help. This commandment about taking the Lord thy God's name in vain is so misunderstood .Some people think that this means saying just G.D. is it, which it is but when you use the name of God you should be either praising him , giving him referance .praying to him , witnessing ,and most of all thanking him. People use his name so frivously ( in vain ) or for no purpose . Keep up the good work and may God bless you !!!
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In middle Tennessee we woke up to some more rain this morning. We are pretty well full to the brim here with water but we are praising God that we have come back from that 3 year drought we have been in. Thank you Jesus!

On to the devotion.

Yesterday we talked about how ignorant our nation really is these days about the Word of God because we don't read it therefore we don't even know what God expects from us. Today I want to look at something that a few folks have done to our nation while we as Christians have set back and let it happen and now are asking "How can this be?"

Separation of church and state. If one would take the time to go back and study the history of our nation and what our forefathers thought and tried to establish it is very simple to see that they DID NOT mean that our government was not to be under the guidance of God. What they did mean was that our government was not to run the church. My oh my have we allowed this to get way out of hand.

Let me share you a few of the original state charters:

Rhode Island 1683: "We submit ourselves, our lives, our estates unto the Lord Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords, and to all those perfect and most absolute laws given in His Holy Word."

Maryland: says it was "formed by a pious zeal to extend the Christian gospel."

Delaware was "formed for the further propagation of the Holy gospel."

Connecticut was there to "preserve the purity of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ."

Wow...when I read these it really makes me think of what our nation was founded on....God's Word. I challenge you this morning to go back and due a little research of the how our nation was set up and by which principles we were to live by and tell me what you find.

You will find we were set up to be a Christian nation but you had the right to worship how ever you wanted if you even wanted. The majority of our nations first leaders made statements that we will crumble without God in our nation and leading out nation. I believe they were prophetic and did not even know it at the time.

Please, please, please do some research yourself....I want you to see it with your own eyes. I believe the evidence is easy to see....look around and see the blessings of past and of now what do you see?

2 Chronicles 7:14 (New King James Version)

14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land

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#1317363 - 05/06/09 09:02 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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You are so much appreciated PMT. Thank you for our daily devotional, it really means a lot!

Here are some interesting historical comments ya'll might enjoy reading.

"It is the duty of every man to render to the Creator such homage and such only as he believes to be acceptable to him. This duty is precedent, both in order of time and in degree of obligation, to the claims of Civil Society."

--James Madison, Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments, 1785


"[R]eligion, or the duty which we owe to our creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and this is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other."

--Virginia Bill of Rights, Article 16, June 12, 1776


"The reformation was preceded by the discovery of America, as if the Almighty graciously meant to open a sanctuary to the persecuted in future years, when home should afford neither friendship nor safety."

--Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776


"There is not a single instance in history in which civil liberty was lost, and religious liberty preserved entire. If therefore we yield up our temporal property, we at the same time deliver the conscience into bondage."

--John Witherspoon, The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men, 1776


"Let the pulpit resound with the doctrine and sentiments of religious liberty. Let us hear of the dignity of man's nature, and the noble rank he holds among the works of God... Let it be known that British liberties are not the grants of princes and parliaments."

--John Adams, Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1765


"Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other. The divine law, as discovered by reason and the moral sense, forms an essential part of both."

--James Wilson, law lectures at the University of Pennsylvania


Now can anyone deny that our country was founded upon Christian principles and that our forefathers did indeed seek guidance from the almighty God?
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[quote=God has made it clear we are to have a Sabbath day! I am not here to argue what day of the week but to say we are to have one!! He wants us to worship and rest in Him on that day. We as Christians are as guilty as anyone in disobeying this commandment. Remember the old days when the family would go to church and spend the day together enjoying each others company and even sometimes fellowshiping with the body of Christ at church with eating on the grounds of the church? I even believe we are disobeying God by going out to eat which causes people to work on the Sabbath. [/quote]

Explain how a preacher can preach (which in my limited view is work, because he usually is sweating and wiping his face with his hankey) on "the sabbath". Not trying to create controversy, only understanding
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Thanks MUP for those quotes they are prime examples of what the point of the devotion is.

NBF....God has called ministers to bring the Word of God to His people and to be honest to me it is not work it is an honor to share His Word with others. It is an interesting question as I believe you are the first I have ever heard question it in that form!
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#1317582 - 05/06/09 11:42 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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"So why do you keep calling me 'Lord, Lord!' when you don't do what I say? I will show you what it's like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn't obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins." (NLT)
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#1317608 - 05/06/09 11:53 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Boodaddy]
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Preachermanton,

i know under the old covenant, their are examples of men being put to death, one in particular, was a couple picking up firewood on the sabbath and God struck them dead. So, concerning the Sabbath. Preacher are you saying that:

1. under the new covenant, we are no longer under the law therefore work is permitted on the sabbath

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2. Grace permits us to work on the sabbath therefore avoiding Gods wrath

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3. Preachers are exempt from that particular commandment?

or is your reasoning something totally different?

By the way I really enjoy these devoationals


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#1317979 - 05/06/09 03:20 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: NBF7240]
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I am saying that God has always had people deliver His Word and the sabbath does not have any effect because God wants His message delivered by those He has called to do so. If the sabbath is when His people are gathered naturally that is the best time for His Word to be shared. I would say that if you are considering bringing God's Word work then preachers must be exempt! I personally don't see it as work though as I said before.

Can I ask why you are asking this and of what importance it is to you? I find it very interesting that you ask this!
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#1317996 - 05/06/09 03:23 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Another good one.
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Lets get right into the devotion today. I ended with this scripture yesterday:

2 Chronicles 7:14

14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

What an awesome verse! I am a firm believer that if we would get right with God as individuals and as a nation we would see some blessings that would blow us away. Unfortunately until we have a return I am afraid our economy and our values will continue to crumble.

God is very clear to us in His word that we are to be doers of the word not just hearers.

James 1:21-25 James 1:21-25

Doers—Not Hearers Only

21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

This is soooo right on point. Our nation is the man who has forgotten what kind of man He was....a Christian nation founded on the Word of God! Today is the day we need to sit down and examine ourselves individually and see what kind of man we are. Again I must stress the point that if we are not in God's word then our mirror is broken because we can't even see what we are suppose to be!!!

Look at theses verses:

James 2:14-20 (New King James Version)

Faith Without Works Is Dead

14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your[a] works, and I will show you my faith by my[b] works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?

Once you become a believer you should be working for the Kingdom of God! Where are the workers? If your church is like most churches 10% do all the work and the other 90% complain about how the 10% are working! This should not be! All of us should be working it proves our faith.

I am gonna stop here today....PLEASE take time to reread the verses for today and meditate on them and let the Holy Spirit move through your heart and mind today.

We must be doers of the word.....the church is failing as a whole in this area....it is time to wake up!

God bless my brothers and sisters....I am praying for you!

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Thanks again PMT and may God richly bless you for your work thru Him. \:\)
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In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can't get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God's part. (MSG)

But if you do not forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses
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First I want to say I am sorry for not posting a devotion on Friday. I went turkey hunting one last time with a friend of mine and was unable to get back from west Tennessee in time to get it done. I hope everyone had a great Mother's day weekend.

In our last visit together we talked about being doers of the Word not just hearers. To go right along with that we as Christians have created another problem in our lives which I like to call "Pickers and Choosers". What I mean by that is, if we are actually reading our Bibles, we pick and choose which scriptures we want to follow and which ones we don't. This is very dangerous!!! God expects us to obey all of His Word not just the portions we have decided are going to fit into our lifestyle. So with that said this week we look at several examples where we have done this in this great nation of ours.

The first example I want to look at is our children. I am positive this morning that your children are near and dear to your heart as are mine. I see myself and my friends and society doing everything under the sun for their children to ensure their happiness but there is one thing missing. One major thing! Look at this scripture:

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (New King James Version)

4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

How many of us spend time training our children in the Lord's ways? Look at how many hours we will get training for our kids in a sport such as baseball or softball. Hours upon hours and we will have them at practice at all costs. But when it comes to church we are very slack. We run late and skip Sunday school. Now in the long run which training will be of more value? God or the sport or the hobby? I also want you to look at the at home teaching the Lord has demanded. Look at the scripture again. It says to teach that we love God with everything we have....at home, when we walk, when we go to sleep, when we get up, and to put reminders all around us!!! Wow!

Brothers and sisters we need to look at the way we are raising our children! Does our nation appear like we are raising our children in the Lord??? We are putting way to many things in their way. I can think of one example right now that just jumps out...cell phones. The majority of kids I know if given a choice would pick their cell phones over God with out much thought about it. What about your child?

It is never to late to get on the right track with God but the older our children get the harder it is! Let's do what God has told us to do and pick and choose God!!! His ways have eternal value!

Have a great Monday!

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Thanks PMT. A very stirring message indeed.
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Good Tuesday Morning to all. I pray God will use you in a great way today. Are you ready for what ever it is He wants you to do?

Yesterday in our first example of how we pick and choose what parts of God's word we want to obey, we looked at our first example which was our children. Today we are gonna look at Love! As I read through my Bible I don't find any options for not loving. Now I want you to really examine yourself this morning. Do you love others??

Matthew 22:39 (New King James Version)

39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Jesus tells us that the second greatest commandment is to love others as ourselves. Now I don't know about you but this is extremely hard for me. I run into people daily who are very hard to love! They may have a bad attitude or they may cut me off when I am driving or they may not believe as I believe. I bet you have some folks pop in your head as you are reading this. Let me also say it is of my understanding that neighbor is basically anyone we come in contact with from day to day. Now let me ask are you a picker and chooser of who you love?

Let's go even a little further. How do you feel about Muslims? Blacks? Whites? or Hispanics? Or any other nationality? It has always amazed me how Christians can be prejudice. It must irritate God in a way I can't even imagine for any of us to disrespect his creation. No matter what nationality we are there are some bad apples in the bunch but on the other hand there are always some nice ripe apples to behold too! Look at this scripture:

Luke 6:27-33 (New King James Version)

Love Your Enemies

27 “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. 29 To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. 31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.
32 “But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.

Talk about God slapping us up side the head! This is totally opposite of what we generally do. Meditate on this scripture today. Think about what it is saying. Pray that our hearts and minds will be shaped into the mind of Christ because this is the way he treated people. He loved with no strings attached. As verse 32-33 say above it is easy to love those who love us even the lost do that but loving our enemies that is what God expects from us.

Love all of God's created people....he has commanded it. Don't pick and chose for that is what those without Jesus do!

God bless and have a blessed day!

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#1324532 - 05/12/09 08:55 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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30 Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back.

That's definitely a hard task PMT. To be stolen from and find out who it was? WOW. Even to just give to everyone who asks of you answers a question I've had for a while. Thanks again, your devotional series are much appreciated! \:\)
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#1325276 - 05/12/09 08:41 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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I agree MUP this Christian life is very tough...but worth every second of it.
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I come to you this morning with a heavy heart. A young man in our community drown yesterday afternoon. Jeremy Vandevoir was only 21 years old and will be sorely missed in our community. My prayers go out to his mom and dad, may God comfort you in this time of great sorrow. Today's devotion is dedicated to Jeremy.

Our third example of how we pick and choose which part of God's word we are going to follow is Forgiveness. I think when we first think of forgiveness some of us may think I do a pretty good job in this area. Oh really? God's word is very clear in this area and when I examine myself I see once again God's Word convicts in a very powerful way.

Luke 17:3-4 (New King James Version)

3 Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4 And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you,[b] saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”

Forgive more than once??? Well they don't deserve it and well you just don't know what they have done to me and my family!!! Sound familiar? It does to me. The Bible says as long as they ask for forgiveness we are to keep forgiving even if it is seven times in a day!!!

Matthew 6:14-16 (New King James Version)

14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Oh my chew on this for awhile.....if we don't forgive God says we won't be forgiven. So what choice do we have in forgiveness???? None!

One last example....

Luke 23:34 (New King James Version)

34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

As Jesus was hanging on the cross He prayed for forgiveness of those who crucified Him. Is there a better example for us than this?? Can anyone in our life wrong us more than we have wronged Jesus? We must be able to forgive as Christ has forgiven us!

It is not a choice it is a command.

Tell someone about Jesus today! We are not promised tomorrow!

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#1325797 - 05/13/09 09:11 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Yet another very powerful devotional PMT. Thank you. \:\)
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#1327362 - 05/14/09 01:13 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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I am saying that God has always had people deliver His Word and the sabbath does not have any effect because God wants His message delivered by those He has called to do so. If the sabbath is when His people are gathered naturally that is the best time for His Word to be shared. I would say that if you are considering bringing God's Word work then preachers must be exempt! I personally don't see it as work though as I said before.

Can I ask why you are asking this and of what importance it is to you? I find it very interesting that you ask this!


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#1327684 - 05/14/09 08:38 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: NBF7240]
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My dad is in town visiting I will get back to devotions on Tuesday!
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#1332437 - 05/19/09 06:37 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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I have had a great visit with my dad. We put a roof on my porch and yesterday got to do some bass fishing. My dad caught this carp which was well over 20 lbs. We caught some bass too! I am praising and thanking God for allowing me to spend time with my dad!!!

Now last time we were together we talked about how we pick and choose who and when we are going to forgive but that was not what God's Word tells us! Today I want us to look at how we pick and choose our worship. When I was saved I was filled with the desire to attend church and worship God pretty much every time the doors were open. Now I am not bragging when I say that I am just saying that when we give our lives to Jesus we should have a longing to worship him every chance we get. Look at these scriptures:

1 Chronicles 16:29-30 (New King James Version)

29 Give to the LORD the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come before Him.
Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness!

30 Tremble before Him, all the earth.
The world also is firml

Hebrews 10:25 (New King James Version)

25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

I like that first verse give the Lord the glory due his name .....how by worship! Bring an offering...how by going to church. In Hebrews it is pretty simple to see God wants us in church as He tells us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together and He even tells us that some do forsake coming to church! Again as I have said before God's word is pretty clear.....He wants us in church to worship Him but it is a sad day right now in America as many of our churches are struggling as folks chose to worship other things than the King of Kings.

Now let me say this also we are to worship God outside the church too! Not only should we get our families to church but we should be leading our families in worship at home. Daily devotion and prayer should be standard in each of our homes. You have heard it said in the past the family that prays together stays together. I also think we need to open God's word and worship together.

There are also other times and places we can worship such as listening to Christian music, driving down the road, exercising, hunting, and many others. Let me say this though substituting a hobby like hunting instead of worshiping God at church is choosing to be selfish in my opinion. I have done it in the past myself. What is boiled down to was I wanted to hunt instead of going to church. Oh yeah I prayed well I was there but I was also forsaking the gathering of God's people!!! Now I believe you can worship while hunting but deciding to hunt over church is disobeying God!

So how are you doing in Worship??? Are you making the right choices? I hope and pray you are.

Have a great day in the Lord and worship Jesus today!

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Return to Word of God Part 13 (final of this series)


A beautiful day outside! Praise God for it and get out and enjoy it!

We have looked at four points over the last several days about how we pick and chose what God's word has said we should do. Today I want us to think more on God's word itself. Hebrews tells us:

Hebrews 4:12-13 (New King James Version)

12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

Did you catch all that?? His Word is alive, powerful and convicting! We can not hide from His sight and one day we will give an account to Him...wow...stop and think about these words for a moment.

I am afraid our nation has become like Israel. If we take time to study the word of God the similarities are almost scary. God told Israel what their problem was and it looks just like us....proud, stiffnecked, arrogant. We think we know more than God! The only time we want God around is when we have a problem...example 9-11. Everyone wanted God then. Church attendance soared. Over time though many faded away. When Israel turned away from God he chastened them. We as a nation have turned from God. Could it be God is chastening us??? I think so. Look at our economy. Don't expect to see a turn around any time soon unless there is a turning back to God by our nation! All revivals have started with a return to God's Word. Our nation CAN change and return to God but it must start with you and I. Joshua 24:15 says "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord". Are you and your family ready to make that commitment?

Take time to listen to this song and worship. Then get out God's Word and read it, study it and obey it!

http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=22aad70815f91fae04e4

God please lead us to revival and back to you. Amen

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#1335210 - 05/21/09 05:36 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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#1335457 - 05/21/09 08:28 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Have ya gone fishing???


As I shared a few days ago my dad was in for a visit and we got to go fishing. It was a great afternoon on the water. Since then God has given me some thoughts about this adventure that I want to share with you this morning. For those of you who read your Bibles this probably won't be anything new but maybe a reminder of a few things.

If you recall Jesus rounded up a few fishermen to follow Him. Look at Matthew 4:18-19:

18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
21 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.

The first point I would like to make is the fishermen immediately dropped everything to follow Jesus. Are we willing to do the same? I know many hunters and fishermen who will drop everything to go hunting and fishing but are not willing to drop everything to do the Lord' work....these four guys were willing.

The second point is this. While we were bass fishing we would cast and reel in, cast and reel in. Then every once in a while we would get a bite! This is much like being fishers of men with the gospel. We cast the word to one and they are not interested so we reel in. We cast to another one and they are not interested so we reel in. Then cast to another and BAM we have a hit. They take the Word as we say in fishing hook, line and sinker!!! What a catch for the Lord. There is a major difference in fishing for men for the Lord than in fishing for fish. When we are fishing for the Lord all we are really doing is baiting the hook and God is doing the catching. Well now that I think about it when we are fishing for fish we bait the hook and God blesses us with a fish or not!!!

The third and final point I want to make this morning is fellowship. Jesus loved fellowship with the fishermen and the disciples. When we went fishing the other day a friend of mine took us in his boat. We had a great time talking and sharing the Lord's creation together. Enjoying the outdoors with lost friends is a great opportunity for a great catch!!! Take advantage of these times and share the bait (the Word of God) with them. God may bless you with a great blessing....leading someone to Him. On Monday I am going to do just that. I have a good buddy of mine coming into town to go fishing. He is not saved. Please pray for me and for him. I am going fishing in more ways than one!!! May the Lord bless me with a catch! And I am not talking about a bass!

God bless you this day my friends,

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#1335484 - 05/21/09 08:38 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Prayers just sent PMT. Good fishing! \:\)
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#1335737 - 05/21/09 11:01 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Romans 8:32-34
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all-how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died-more than that, who was raised to life--is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us..
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#1336825 - 05/21/09 11:47 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Prayers just sent PMT. Good fishing! \:\)


Same here.
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#1337402 - 05/22/09 09:08 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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cell phone vs. The Bible


I received an email some time ago that really spoke about the times we live in right now that I would like to share with you. Feel free to share it with others. I believe it really made the kids in my youth group do some thinking. It should make all of us do some thinking. Here it is:





> Cell Phone vs. Bible
>
> Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like
> we treat our
> cell phone?
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> What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
>
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> What if we flipped through it several times a day?
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> What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
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> What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
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> What if we treated it like we couldn't live without
> it?
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> What if we gave it to the Kids as gifts?
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> What if we used it when we traveled?
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> What if we used it in case of emergency?
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> This is something to make you go....hmm...where is my
> Bible?
>
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> Oh, and one more thing. Unlike our cell phone, we
> don' t have to worry
> about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already
> paid the bill.
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> Makes you stop and think, where are my priorities? And no
> dropped calls!

I want to ask you something? Has our cell phones become idols in our lives? In my opinion I believe it has. Now don't get me wrong a cell phone in its proper place is a great thing and very useful. But I am afraid it is not kept in its proper place. I have heard many folks say " I would die without my cell phone" and they were serious!! Remember what God's word says:

Exodus 20:4-5 (New King James Version)

4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,

The cell phone may not be made out of wood but we have created a monster. People risk their lives everyday driving down the road playing with their cell phones. I have even heard of a church who encourages people to use it during church...I guess telling others what the message is about....now how is that person using their phone worshiping God???

Go back and read the email again...some pretty good points huh? Let's use our Bbiles more than the cell phone and be sure we are not making our cell phones more of priority than God or His word!

Let me know what you think on this subject.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend. Pray for our soldiers. Be safe.

God bless....Tom
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#1337420 - 05/22/09 09:19 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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I'm printing this off and taking it home PMT. That's what I think about it. ;\) You have a safe Memorial Day weekend as well. Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour!
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#1340388 - 05/25/09 04:05 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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God Bless Those who have given their lives so we can worship freely.
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#1341175 - 05/26/09 08:06 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Death...what a subject huh?




The picture is of my granddad this past summer.

Well it was one of those Holiday weekends where there was some fun but also some tough times. It was great to spend some time with my wife and to do a little fishing but also I had a heavy heart and still do. My granddad is on his death bed right now. We are praying for the Lord to take him quickly. As I have thought about this over the weekend you can see where my thought for todays devotion comes from.

Death. Do you ever think about it much? I have always found it interesting that at different stages of our life we have different views of death. For instance when we are young we think we are invincible and we are going to live forever. In our middle ages we move to someday I probably am going to die but it is a long way off. Then as we get into out older ages we know we are going to die and wonder how long until it happens!

God's Word tells us we do have a limited time:

Psalm 90:10 (New King James Version)


10 The days of our lives are seventy years;
And if by reason of strength they are eighty years,
Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow;
For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

I am amazed every day by the accuracy of God's word even today. 70-80 years for most is about it. My granddad is 97 so he has beat the law of averages. I often say I don't think I want to live that long in the world we live in today. To go and be with the Lord around 80 will be a blessing. God's word also tells us that 120 is the limit. We won't live pass this age...do you know anybody who has?

Genesis 6:3 (New King James Version)

3 And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive[a] with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”

Now let me be clear on this....I am talking of our bodies....the flesh. We WILL live for eternity spiritually in either one of two places....heaven or hell. Look what Hebrews says:

Hebrews 9:27-28 (New King James Version)

27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation

So I guess my question this morning for all of us is are we ready? The Bible never tells us we are promised those 70-80 years. We are not promised tomorrow. That is why we must accept Jesus today. For He loves us and died for us so we may spend eternity with Him!! Praise God and thank you Jesus.

Take some time and think about this today. Please do me a favor and ask the Lord to come quickly for my granddad. Thank you and God bless each of you.

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#1341246 - 05/26/09 08:47 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Prayer for your answered prayers just sent PMT.
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#1341416 - 05/26/09 09:54 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Thanks brother!
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#1342678 - 05/26/09 08:51 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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My granddad has passed so I will be gone for a few days...thank you for your prayers they were answered as he was taken quickly.

Edited by preachermantom (05/26/09 08:52 PM)
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#1342940 - 05/26/09 11:42 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Sorry for your loss,prayers sent.
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#1352744 - 06/03/09 07:38 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Nature 6-3-09


Well folks I am back. Sorry for missing so many devotions in recent days but Summer is here and I am busy, busy, busy. Thank you for all the prayers. God answered them and my grandpa went home quickly.

As I was in Michigan for my grandpa's funeral, I was able to take a morning to go turkey hunting with my brother. As usual we got out there before sunrise and settled into a thicket on the edge of a field. As the darkness began to fade God's creations awoke from the sleep of the night. It was a beautiful morning. Deer were all over the place and it reminded me of this passage of scripture:


Psalm 42


1 As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
3 My tears have been my food day and night,
While they continually say to me,
“Where is your God?

It is a joy to watch deer in search of food and water in the woods. They are diligent yet so very careful to watch for predators. Do we search for our life giving source in the same manner? As the psalmist so beautifully put it....does your soul pant for God? We should be longing for Him. Have you ever been so thirsty that when you finally got that drink of cold water it was overwhelmingly satisfying? I have and this is the picture here. Nothing will satisfy us in life more than the life giving waters of God.

The psalmist is asking when ill he be in heaven with God...wow. Am I longing o be with God right now? Are you. If I answered honestly I would say "No". I still have things right here I want to do like see my children grow up and grow old with my wife. I need to work on that! Why don't I long for heaven right now....perhaps it is because God has blessed me with good health, a roof over my head, and food on the table all which I am greatful for.

Then the psalmist says basically people are making fun of him and he is heart broken over it. "Where is your God?" Our world today is basically asking us the same question today. One day soon they will find out if they don't accept Jesus as Savior. Are we affected at all today by those who are lost and going to hell if something don't change in their life soon? Maybe our cheerios and pizza should be filled with tears too for those that are perishing. Then maybe we would be doing as He commanded and share the good news of Jesus!

So when you get a chance get out to God's creation and enjoy a sunset or a sunrise, take a bible and let God speak.....He has much to say!!!

Have a great Tuesday!

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#1352956 - 06/03/09 08:42 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Welcome back PMT. You were missed! Beautiful devotional today too! \:\)
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#1354399 - 06/04/09 07:49 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Roman Road #1 6-4-09


Good Thursday morning to everyone. It is a rainy morning here. I am going to start another series this morning. God has laid it on my heart a few times so God here it is. Use it to bring folks closer to you. For those who might not know what the Roman road is, it is a group of scriptures from the book of Romans that is used for leading people to Christ. What I want to do is to look at each verse and study a little bit about it. I encourage each of you to memorize these verses as they are very handy in bring someone to the Lord. So here we go.

Romans 3:23 (New King James Version)

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Wow such a short verse but yet so very powerful. It is very easy to see when we are witnessing to someone why we would start with this verse. Just stop and think for a moment....all have sinned! That means you and me and everyone else. There has been only one who has not sinned and that of course is Jesus. When I witness to someone I like to use the ten commandments with this verse because we can show the person how we have broken every commandment which then proves we have sinned before God.

For a long time I often wondered about the second part of this verse....fall short of the glory of God. I guess at that time I was to lazy to do some research and find out what it means. I could figure out what fall short means....doesn't meet the standard or didn't meet the goal. But what about that word glory. What is the glory of God? Here is what I found...the glory of God can be defined as honor, dignity, splendor, majesty, glorious moral attributes, infinite perfections of God. Now stop and chew on that for a while....wow! I can see where I fall short in every area. As the old saying goes "God is God and we are not".

I hope and pray we realize everyday as Christians where we have been in sin and where we have been delivered to through the shed blood of Christ. In God's eyes once we have accepted Christ into our hearts we don't fall short of His Glory anymore we become joint heirs with Jesus. That is really too much for my feeble mind to comprehend. But you know what I believe it because God's word says it is so!!!

Have a great day brothers and sisters!

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#1354566 - 06/04/09 08:23 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Welcome Back, I to missed reading these.
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#1354583 - 06/04/09 08:33 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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#1354949 - 06/04/09 11:11 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Thanks Tiny...glad to be back!
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#1355179 - 06/04/09 02:44 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Your grandpa looked exceptional well for 96 years old. Again, sorry to hear of his passing, but also good to know he will never suffer again nor need that ol' wheelchair.

Right now, he's dancing and celebrating, and seeing old friend, as getting to meet some of his biblical hero's face to face. He wouldn't come back for the world.

Thanks for the devotional. After any wrong turn, the only real answer is the Roman Road.


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#1355253 - 06/04/09 03:54 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: plinker22]
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preachermantom,

it's the first time i have read the daily devotional. I enjoyed it. keep them coming ...

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#1355506 - 06/04/09 08:04 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tenn.Guy]
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Thanks for encouragement folks!
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#1356061 - 06/05/09 08:07 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Roman Road #2 6-5-09


Good morning everyone. It is a beautiful cool morning outside here today....a good day to get outside and praise the Lord!

Today we are going to look at the second verse we us in the Roman road. Here it is:


Romans 6:23 (New King James Version)
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.


This is such an awesome verse. It basically has two componets to it. The first is what causes sin. If you remember in your bible studies. Way back to Adam and Eve. Life was perfect and there was no sin in the Garden of Eden. Until the serpent tempted Eve and she bit into that forbidden fruit and ole Adam followed right along. Because of that sin there were many consequences one of them being death. There are also two kinds of death. Physical in which you die. Then there is spiritual in which you are seperated from God. Both of these are a result of sin!

The second part of this verse is the good news! God has a gift for us. I don't know anyone who doesn't like presents....do you? John 3:16 tells us why God gives us this gift....

John 3:16 (New King James Version)
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.


God gives us this gift out of his great love for us!!! Isn't that awesome! So what is this great gift God gives us....eternal life. Spiritually and physically. I don't know about you but I am not sure my mind can fully understand what God has done for me and you in giving us this gift. It is truly amazing. There is one more thing I want you to think about this morning. As with any gift the one who gives the gift it has cost him something to have a gift to give. For example if I was giving you a gift such as a hunting rifle it would have cost me money to buy it. Well what did this great gift of eternal life cost God? HIS SON!!! Yes God sent his only Son Jesus to pay the penalty of our sins so we can live forever in heaven.

Stop and think abpout that this morning and give praises to Jesus this morning for surrendering His life on the cross for you and me. Thank you Jesus.

You will never give a more precious gift than telling someone about Jesus....give that gift to someone today!!

God bless and be safe this weekend!

Tom
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#1357336 - 06/06/09 12:15 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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#1359514 - 06/08/09 05:56 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Roman Road #3 6-8-09

What a nice day today. We kicked off sports camp today. Please be praying that God will do a mighty work in these kids lives this week.

Sorry this devotion is so late today. It will probably be like this all week due to sports camp.

Today's verse is so awesome. It is very simple but yet so powerful. Here it is:

Romans 5:8 (New King James Version)

8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

There are basically three points to this verse. The first is God has demonstrated his love for us. If you are at all like me I often wonder how God can love me??? When we think about how Holy, Righteous, Perfect, Powerful, and mighty God is how can He love a worm such as I??? But He does and He has demonstrated that love by sending His Son to die for me and for you even though we are filthy rags. Wow!

The second point is God loves us even though we are sinners. I want you to think for a moment on how much love you show for someone who completely disrespects you, blatantly chooses to ignore what you ask them to do, and requires the death of your child to pay their sin. I believe if you are similar to me I know it would be no love at all! Thank God His ways are not my ways. He loves us even though we do these very things to Him!

The third point is mentioned in the first teaching point but we need to say over and over and over again.
Christ died for us. This is how God demonstrates His love for us. By sending His one and only Son to die on the cross for unworthy worms like you and I. Wow. Take time to think on this love today! Thank you Jesus for dying for me I am so unworthy!

God bless you all!

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#1359940 - 06/09/09 05:19 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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#1360411 - 06/09/09 10:59 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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 Originally Posted By: MUP
Thank you Jesus!


AMEN
and the Preachers ;\)

Very Good Preahermantom
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#1361141 - 06/09/09 08:08 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Roman Road #4


Whew weeee it was a hot one today! It was an awesome day though working with the kids at sports camp. I hope you had a good day too! Now onto the devotion.

The fourth verse we use in the Roman road is:

Romans 10:9 (New King James Version)

9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Again this is a very simple verse and it tells us what we must do to be saved. Confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus! It is absolutely important to voice your belief in Jesus. Jesus tells us in another verse the importance of voicing your belief in Him:

Mark 8:38 (New King James Version)

38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

That pretty well sums that point up doesn't it. Why is it we are so afraid to tell everyone we come in contact with about Jesus and what he has done for us??? The most important thing in our life but it is so hard to share it....I have never understood this. I struggle with it too. I believe Satan has us fooled into thinking nobody wants to hear when in reality many do.


Romans 10:9 also tells us to believe in our heart. That is where the soul is....in the heart. Here He is stressing the belief in the resurrection which is vitally important. There are some other essential beliefs of the heart we need also such as death on the cross, virgin birth, the trinity and yes the resurrection! These are beliefs of the heart that are of no debate in the Christian faith. Do you believe these things with the heart??? Take a moment to think about them...they are very important. Many folks for an example don't believe in the virgin birth.....if one doesn't believe in the virgin birth then they don't believe in the gospel of the Bible. That is why I say these things are essential!

I like the final words of Romans 10:9 you will be saved! Isn't that great news??? Some may ask saved from what? An eternity in hell that's what! Being saved is so simple...I think that is what makes it so hard. Child like faith in Jesus. Trusting that He did what He has told us he would do. Death, burial, and resurrection and He is coming soon to take those who believe home!

Are you saved? If you need to talk to someone drop me a line I would be glad to talk to you!

God bless....Tom
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#1361341 - 06/09/09 10:20 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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I like the final words of Romans 10:9 you will be saved! Isn't that great news??? Some may ask saved from what? An eternity in Hell that's what! Being saved is so simple...I think that is what makes it so hard. Child like faith in Jesus. Trusting that He did what He has told us he would do. Death, burial, and resurrection and He is coming soon to take those who believe home!

Are you saved? If you need to talk to someone drop me a line I would be glad to talk to you!

God bless....Tom


Another good one, I had to add a little emp. to the above. Well Put without it though.
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Thanks again Tom!

Rutman, prayers sent for a quick recovery from your surgery!
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#1361522 - 06/10/09 06:51 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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My prayers sent to Rutman...thanks to all of you for reading these. Tiny I agree with the edit...thank you!
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#1361535 - 06/10/09 06:57 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Thanks again Tom!

Rutman, prayers sent for a quick recovery from your surgery!


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#1362586 - 06/10/09 07:39 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Roman Road #5 (Last of series) 6-10-09


Well we have reached the end of the road...the Roman road that is...ok my humor needs work. Let's get into the devotion.

The last verse we use in the Roman road is Roman's 10:13 but I want to look at the two verses before thirteen too! So here they are:

Romans 10:11-13 (New King James Version)

11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

These are some great words and great promises too. Verse 11 says for those who believe on Jesus will not be put to shame. Shame in front of who??? God. Remember the verse that told us if we are ashamed of Jesus before man He will be ashamed of us before the Father. Well here is the promise that God will not be ashamed of us!!! The next verse is another great promise for us Gentiles! Even though the Jews are God's chosen people if we accept Christ He makes no distinction between us. In other words we are joint heirs in eternal life in heaven...that should make us want to shout out some praises to God!

Then verse 13 is what we use in the final step of the Roman road. It tells us very plainly that God is not partial. Whoever calls upon the name of Jesus will be saved. Thank you Jesus...thank you! Again I want to say there is nothing we have done to earn this it is all by the grace and mercy of our glorious
Lord.

Isn't it great to know all we have to do is call upon Jesus to be Lord of our life and as Jesus said "It is finished!" Praise be to God!

See ya tomorrow!

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#1362910 - 06/11/09 05:23 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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"Isn't it great to know all we have to do is call upon Jesus to be Lord of our life and as Jesus said "It is finished!" Praise be to God!"

Amen!

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2 Kings 1
The Lord 's Judgment on Ahaziah
1 After Ahab's death, Moab rebelled against Israel. 2 Now Ahaziah had fallen through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria and injured himself. So he sent messengers, saying to them, "Go and consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, to see if I will recover from this injury."
3 But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, "Go up and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, 'Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?' 4 Therefore this is what the LORD says: 'You will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!' " So Elijah went.

5 When the messengers returned to the king, he asked them, "Why have you come back?"

6 "A man came to meet us," they replied. "And he said to us, 'Go back to the king who sent you and tell him, "This is what the LORD says: Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending men to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore you will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!" ' "

7 The king asked them, "What kind of man was it who came to meet you and told you this?"

8 They replied, "He was a man with a garment of hair and with a leather belt around his waist."
The king said, "That was Elijah the Tishbite
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#1364049 - 06/11/09 06:01 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Boodaddy]
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thought i would bring you to the top of the page Tom as we are waiting patiently for your next sermon. thanks brother.


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#1364159 - 06/11/09 07:36 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: SAWDUST]
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Sometimes I get some good email. Other times I get junk. I want to share an email I got today not sure why but I feel God wants me to share it with you. Really made me think on how sensitive am I to God's leading in what he wants me to do. I usually write my own stuff but this is too good not to share so here it is....enjoy.

HAIRBRUSH EXPERIENCE OF BETH MOORE AT THE AIRPORT

For those of you who do not know Beth Moore, she is an outstanding Bible teacher, writer of Bible studies, and is a married mother of two daughters.

This is one of her experiences:

April 20, 2005, at the Airport in Knoxville , waiting to board the plane, I had the Bible on my lap and was very intent upon what I was doing. I'd had a marvelous morning with the Lord. I say this because

I want to tell you it is a scary thing to have the Spirit of God really working in you.

You could end up doing some things you never would have done otherwise. Life in the Spirit can be dangerous for a thousand reasons, not the least of which is your ego..

I tried to keep from staring, but he was such a strange sight. Humped over in a wheelchair, he was skin and bones, dressed in clothes that obviously fit when he was at least twenty pounds heavier. His knees protruded from his trousers, and his shoulders looked like the coat hanger was still in his shirt. His hands looked like tangled masses of veins and bones.

The strangest part of him was his hair and nails. Stringy, gray hair hung well over his shoulders and down part of his back. His fingernails were long, clean but strangely out of place on an old man.

I looked down at my Bible as fast as I could, discomfort burning my face. As I tried to imagine what his story might have been, I found myself wondering if I'd just had a Howard Hughes sighting. Then, I remembered that he was dead. So this man in the airport... an impersonator maybe? Was a camera on us somewhere? There I sat; trying to concentrate on the Word to keep from being concerned about a thin slice of humanity served up on a wheelchair only a few seats from me. All the while, my heart was growing more and more overwhelmed with a feeling for him.

Let's admit it. Curiosity is a heap more comfortable than true concern, and suddenly I was awash with aching emotion for this bizarre-looking old man.

I had walked with God long enough to see the handwriting on the wall.. I've learned that when I begin to feel what God feels, something so contrary to my natural feelings, something dramatic is bound to happen. And it may be embarrassing.

I immediately began to resist because I could feel God working on my spirit and I started arguing with God in my mind. 'Oh, no, God, please, no.' I looked up at the ceiling as if I could stare straight through it into heaven and said, 'Don't make me witness to this man. Not right here and now. Please. I'll do anything. Put me on the same plane, but don't make me get up here and witness to this man in front of this gawking audience. Please, Lord!'

There I sat in the blue vinyl chair begging His Highness, 'Please don't make me witness to this man. Not now. I'll do it on the plane.' Then I heard it......'I don't want you to witness to him. I want you to brush his hair.'

The words were so clear, my heart leapt into my throat, and my thoughts spun like a top. Do I witness to the man or brush his hair? No-brainer. I looked straight back up at the ceiling and said, 'God, as I live and breathe, I want you to know I am ready to witness to this man. I'm on this Lord. I'm your girl! You've never seen a woman witness to a man faster in your life. What difference does it make if his hair is a mess if he is not redeemed? I am going to witness to this man.'

Again, as clearly as I've ever heard an audible word, God seemed to write this statement across the wall of my mind. 'That is not what I said, Beth. I don't want you to witness to him. I want you to go brush his hair.'

I looked up at God and quipped, 'I don't have a hairbrush. It's in my suitcase on the plane... How am I supposed to brush his hair without a hairbrush?'

God was so insistent that I almost involuntarily began to walk toward him as these thoughts came to me from God's word: 'I will thoroughly furnish you unto all good works.' (2 Timothy 3:17)

I stumbled over to the wheelchair thinking I could use one myself. Even as I retell this story, my pulse quickens and I feel those same butterflies. I knelt down in front of the man and asked as demurely as possible, 'Sir, may I have the pleasure of brushing your hair?'

He looked back at me and said, 'What did you say?'

'May I have the pleasure of brushing your hair?'

To which he responded in volume ten, 'Little lady, if you expect me to hear you, you're going to have to talk louder than that.'

At this point, I took a deep breath and blurted out, 'SIR, MAY I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF BRUSHING YOUR HAIR?' At which point every eye in the place darted right at me. I was the only thing in the room looking more peculiar than old Mr. Long Locks. Face crimson and forehead breaking out in a sweat, I watched him look up at me with absolute shock on his face, and say, 'If you really want to.'

Are you kidding? Of course I didn't want to. But God didn't seem interested in my personal preference right about then. He pressed on my heart until I could utter the words, 'Yes, sir, I would be pleased. But I have one little problem. I don't have a hairbrush.'

'I have one in my bag,' he responded.

I went around to the back of that wheelchair, and I got on my hands and knees and unzipped the stranger's old carry-on, hardly believing what I was doing. I stood up and started brushing the old man's hair. It was perfectly clean, but it was tangled and matted.. I don't do many things well, but must admit I've had notable experience untangling knotted hair mothering two little girls. Like I'd done with either Amanda or Melissa in such a condition, I began brushing at the very bottom of the strands, remembering to take my time not to pull.

A miraculous thing happened to me as I started brushing that old man's hair.

Everybody else in the room disappeared. There was no one alive for those

moments except that old man and me. I brushed and I brushed and I brushed

until every tangle was out of that hair. I know this sounds so strange, but I've never felt that kind of love for another soul in my entire life. I believe with all my heart, I - for that few minutes - felt a portion of the very love of God. That He had overtaken my heart for a little while like someone renting a room and making Himself at home for a short while.

The emotions were so strong and so pure that I knew they had to be God's. His hair was finally as soft and smooth as an infant's.

I slipped the brush back in the bag and went around the chair to face him. I got back down on my knees, put my hands on his knee and said, 'Sir, do you know my Jesus?'

He said, 'Yes, I do'

Well, that figures, I thought.

He explained, 'I've known Him since I married my bride. She wouldn't marry me until I got to know the Savior.' He said, 'You see, the problem is, I haven't seen my bride in months. I've had open-heart surgery, and she's been too ill to come see me. I was sitting here thinking to myself, what a mess I must be for my bride.'

Only God knows how often He allows us to be part of a divine moment when we're completely unaware of the significance. This, on the other hand, was one of those rare encounters when I knew God had intervened in details only He could have known. It was a God moment, and I'll never forget it.

Our time came to board, and we were not on the same plane. I was deeply ashamed of how I'd acted earlier and would have been so proud to have accompanied him on that aircraft.

I still had a few minutes, and as I gathered my things to board, the airline hostess returned from the corridor, tears streaming down her cheeks. She said, 'That old man's sitting on the plane, sobbing. Why did you do that? What made you do that?'

I said, 'Do you know Jesus? He can be the bossiest thing!'

And we got to share.

I learned something about God that day. He knows if you're exhausted, you're hungry, you're serving in the wrong place or it is time to move on but you feel too responsible to budge. He knows if you're hurting or feeling rejected. He knows if you're sick or drowning under a wave of temptation. Or He knows if you just need your hair brushed. He sees you as an individual. Tell Him your need!

I got on my own flight, sobs choking my throat, wondering how many opportunities just like that one had I missed along the way ..... all because I didn't want people to think I was strange.

God didn't send me to that old man. He sent that old man to me.


Did it make you do some thinking??? I know it made me do some thinking!

God bless...Tom
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#1364391 - 06/11/09 10:54 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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"Isn't it great to know all we have to do is call upon Jesus to be Lord of our life and as Jesus said "It is finished!" Praise be to God!"

Amen!

Thanks Tom!




Dittos and Thanks for sharing the email.
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#1364460 - 06/12/09 05:36 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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That brought tears Tom. Amazing story of the power of our God! Mind if I share it?
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#1364496 - 06/12/09 06:48 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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#1364504 - 06/12/09 06:59 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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That brought tears Tom. Amazing story of the power of our God!


Ditto!

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#1365809 - 06/13/09 09:32 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Boodaddy]
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I started a new book this morning and it reminded me of a teaching point I have used many times so I wanted to share it with you this morning. The verse I want to look at is Acts 11:26

Acts 11:26 (New King James Version)

26 And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.

I want to really concentrate on the last sentence. The disciples were first CALLED Christians in Antioch. They did not come up with the name Christian others called them Christians. This brings me to the point I want you to think on. Is there enough evidence in your life that you can be called a Christian? I believe that is why the disciples were called Christians because the were followers of Christ! That when folks looked at them they were reminded of Jesus and the way he lived His life!

I like to ask folks if they were in front of a jury and someone was trying to convict them of being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict them. I am afraid many folks today who claim they are Christians would have a hard time proving it by their lifestyle. Ouch! I know that is tough to say and take but it is the truth.

So this morning we all need to examine ourselves and see if we are lining up with what Jesus has told us and set the example for us to be as Christians. Which by the way Christian means "little Christ".

God bless each of you and have a great weekend


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#1365958 - 06/13/09 01:36 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Boodaddy]
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Thanks for sharing Boodaddy...that was cool!

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#1365981 - 06/13/09 02:13 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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I like to ask folks if they were in front of a jury and someone was trying to convict them of being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict them. I am afraid many folks today who claim they are Christians would have a hard time proving it by their lifestyle. Ouch! I know that is tough to say and take but it is the truth.

So this morning we all need to examine ourselves and see if we are lining up with what Jesus has told us and set the example for us to be as Christians. Which by the way Christian means "little Christ".

God bless each of you and have a great weekend


A good reminder and the same to you for the weekend wish.
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#1366483 - 06/14/09 09:43 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life
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#1367425 - 06/15/09 06:29 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Are we prostitutes??? 6-15-09


Well my bothers and sisters in Christ a friend of mine sent me this in an email over the weekend and it about knocked me down. It takes something pretty hard core to get my attention. Well guess what this did in a major way.

Check it out....I am still thinking on it!


A number of years ago, I had the privilege of teaching at a school of ministry.
My students were hungry for God, and I was constantly searching for ways to
challenge them to fall more in love with Jesus and to become voices for revival
in the Church. I came across a quote attributed most often to Rev. Sam Pascoe.
It is a short version of the history of Christianity, and it goes like this:

"Christianity started in Palestine as a fellowship; it moved to Greece and
became a philosophy; it moved to Italy and became an institution; it moved to
Europe and became a culture; it came to America and became an enterprise."

Some of the students were only 18 or 19 years old--barely out of diapers--and I
wanted them to understand and appreciate the importance of the last line, so I
clarified it by adding, "An enterprise. That's a business." After a few moments
Martha, the youngest student in the class, raised her hand. I could not imagine
what her question might be. I thought the little vignette was self-explanatory,
and that I had performed it brilliantly. Nevertheless, I acknowledged Martha's
raised hand, "Yes, Martha." She asked such a simple question, "A business? But
isn't it supposed to be a body?" I could not envision where this line of
questioning was going, and the only response I could think of was, "Yes." She
continued, "But when a body becomes a business, isn't that a prostitute?"

The room went dead silent. For several seconds no one moved or spoke. We were
stunned, afraid to make a sound because the presence of God had flooded into the
room, and we knew we were on holy ground. All I could think in those sacred
moments was,
"Wow, I wish I'd thought of that." I didn't dare express that thought aloud. God
had taken over the class.

Martha's question changed my life. For six months, I thought about her question
at least once every day. "When a body becomes a business, isn't that a
prostitute?" There is only one answer to her question. The answer is "Yes." The
American Church, tragically,
is heavily populated by people who do not love God. How can we love Him? We
don't even know Him; and I mean really know Him.

... I stand by my statement that most American Christians do not know God--much
less love Him. The root of this condition originates in how we came to God. Most
of us came to Him because of what we were told He would do for us. We were
promised that He would bless us in life and take us to heaven after death. We
married Him for His money, and we don't care if He lives or dies as long as we
can get His stuff. We have made the Kingdom of God into a business,
merchandising His anointing. This should not be. We are commanded to love God,
and are called to be the Bride of Christ--that's pretty intimate stuff. We are
supposed to be His lovers. How can we love someone we don't even know? And even
if we do know someone, is that a guarantee that we truly love them? Are we
lovers or prostitutes?

I was pondering Martha's question again one day, and considered the question,
"What's the difference between a lover and a prostitute?" I realized that both
do many of the same things, but a lover does what she does because she loves. A
prostitute pretends to love, but only as long as you pay. Then I asked the
question, "What would happen if God stopped paying me?"

For the next several months, I allowed God to search me to uncover my motives
for loving and serving Him. Was I really a true lover of God? What would happen
if He stopped blessing me? What if He never did another thing for me? Would I
still love Him? Please understand, I believe in the promises and blessings of
God. The issue here is not whether God blesses His children; the issue is the
condition of my heart. Why do I serve Him? Are His blessings in my life the
gifts of a loving Father, or are they a wage that I have earned or a
bribe/payment to love Him? Do I love God without any conditions? It took several
months to work through these questions. Even now I wonder if my desire to love
God is always matched by my attitude and behavior. I still catch myself being
disappointed with God and angry that He has not met some perceived need in my
life. I suspect this is something which is never fully resolved, but I want more
than anything else to be a true lover of God.

So what is it going to be? Which are we, lover or prostitute? There are no
prostitutes in heaven, or in the Kingdom of God for that matter, but there are
plenty of former prostitutes in both places. Take it from a recovering
prostitute when I say there is no substitute for an unconditional, intimate
relationship with God. And I mean there is no palatable substitute available to
us (take another look at Matthew 7:21-23 sometime). We must choose.

-Dr. David Ryser

In my opinion he is right on the money! Share this with others and let me know what you think about this!

God bless....Tom
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#1367831 - 06/15/09 11:48 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Saddly I to share your opinion,Good Post. Thanks for sharing.
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#1367836 - 06/15/09 11:58 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Wow. Really makes me wonder too. Thanks Tom.
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#1368952 - 06/16/09 07:29 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Filthy rags!


Good morning to all. We are in the middle of VBS this week. Please pray for these children and their teachers as we try to bring them closer to Jesus.

This mornings devotion is intended to make you do some thinking. I guess all my devotions are intended to make you think now that I think about it! As you will see it is kind of disgusting but there is no doubt God gets his point across.

Here is the verse I want us to look at:

Isaiah 64:6 (New King James Version)
6 But we are all like an unclean thing,
And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;
We all fade as a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind,
Have taken us away

The part of the verse I really want to focus on is where is tells us of our righteousness. I think most people this they are pretty good people and therefore think that they are pretty righteous but that is certainly not what God's word says. He tells us very bluntly that our righteousness is like filthy rags when compared to Him! Ouch! Now in my studies on this, and be prepared this is pretty graphic, the flthy rags mentioned here is refering to used menstrual garments. If you are disgusted by this then you get the point God is trying to make!


This verse should keep our lives in check. Even when we become a Christian through accepting the shed blood of Christ for the remission of our sins we are then forgiven but we should think back on this verse and remind ourselves that it is not because of our righteousness or anything that we have done but by the mercy and grace of a loving God!

Oh God this verse has brought me to mt knees this morning. I am so underserving but yet so thankful for your love and for the shed blood of your Son on my behalf...thank you, thank you, thank you!

Have a great day brothers and sisters,

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#1369052 - 06/16/09 08:56 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (
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#1370658 - 06/17/09 07:17 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Boodaddy]
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Showing the love.


I was sitting on my porch this morning reading the scripture I want to share with you this morning and I believe God got my attention. I know it is fairly long but please take your time and read it and think about it. Here it is:

Isaiah 58:2-14

2 For day after day they seek me out;
they seem eager to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that does what is right
and has not forsaken the commands of its God.
They ask me for just decisions
and seem eager for God to come near them.

3 'Why have we fasted,' they say,
'and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled ourselves,
and you have not noticed?'
"Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
and exploit all your workers.

4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,
and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today
and expect your voice to be heard on high.

5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
only a day for a man to humble himself?
Is it only for bowing one's head like a reed
and for lying on sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast,
a day acceptable to the LORD ?

6 "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?

7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness [a] will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
"If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,

10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.

11 The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.

12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

13 "If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight
and the LORD's holy day honorable,
and if you honor it by not going your own way
and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,

14 then you will find your joy in the LORD,
and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land
and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob."
The mouth of the LORD has spoken.


The next few days we will look at theses verses in depth. So let me ask you this are you showing the love of Christ that is in you to others? We shall see!!!

God bless....Tom
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#1370676 - 06/17/09 07:23 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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#1370830 - 06/17/09 08:42 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Baxter83]
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"You must distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean, and you must teach the Israelites all the decrees the LORD has given them through Moses
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#1370831 - 06/17/09 08:42 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Baxter83]
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I've been directed thru this post PMT. Thank you!
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#1372206 - 06/17/09 11:44 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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#1372407 - 06/18/09 07:21 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Eager??


Well let's break down this long passage that we read yesterday. Remember our goal in studying theses verse's is to see if we are sharing the love of Christ that is us with others. Today's verse is going to just kind of set the plate of where we are in America right now. Here is todays passage:

Isaiah 58:2

2 For day after day they seek me out;
they seem eager to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that does what is right
and has not forsaken the commands of its God.
They ask me for just decisions
and seem eager for God to come near them.

I hope God's word just knocks your socks off like it does mine. How can we read this scripture and not see how alive and on target it is for us today??? This was written thousands of years ago but seems as though it was written yesterday.

I want you to really pick up on the words "seem eager". That is another way of saying not sincere! They were putting on a good show for God but He knows the heart. They and us can't fool God! It says "day after day they seek me out" I wonder in America these days how many are actually doing that? I hear that in places like China people are so hungery for the word of God it is unbelievable. I have been told by missionaries that it is so much easier to witness out of the U.S.A. because peoiple want to hear God's word...what is wrong with us?

I believe God answers that question in where He says "as if they were a nation that does what is right".
Sure sounds like America to me. We think we don't need God we can do it on our own. We are now reaping the benefits of that and we are not doing very well in case you haven't noticed. We have "forsaken His commandments" matter of fact we don't even want then mentioned! Oh how it hurts me even to say that.

The last part of this verse says "seem eager for God to come near them". I guess many Americans do want God to come near them but only when they need Him. When things are good He needs to stay away. We NEED God all the time and we should praise Him in the good and the bad for He alone is worthy. I often think how blessed I am. If God called me home right now I couldn't complain one bit. I pray for you and me this morning that God isn't looking at us saying "they seem eager" knowing that we are not sincere in our commitment to Him.

God help this nation of ours to get right with you is our prayer this morning. Lord it starts with me. Help me dear Lord to correct my faults and keep my eyes focused on you for if I am focused on You I will not sink.

Have a great day!

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#1372540 - 06/18/09 08:42 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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#1372637 - 06/18/09 09:27 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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#1372641 - 06/18/09 09:29 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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22 Then Elijah said to them, "I am the only one of the LORD's prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. 23 Get two bulls for us. Let them choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. 24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD. The god who answers by fire—he is God."
Then all the people said, "What you say is good."

25 Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, "Choose one of the bulls and prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but do not light the fire." 26 So they took the bull given them and prepared it.
Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. "O Baal, answer us!" they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.

27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. "Shout louder!" he said. "Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened." 28 So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. 29 Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.

30 Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come here to me." They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the LORD, which was in ruins. 31 Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes descended from Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD had come, saying, "Your name shall be Israel." 32 With the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahs [a] of seed. 33 He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, "Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood."

34 "Do it again," he said, and they did it again.
"Do it a third time," he ordered, and they did it the third time. 35 The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench.

36 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: "O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again."

38 Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, "The LORD -he is God! The LORD -he is God!"

40 Then Elijah commanded them, "Seize the prophets of Baal. Don't let anyone get away!" They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there.

41 And Elijah said to Ahab, "Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain." 42 So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.

43 "Go and look toward the sea," he told his servant. And he went up and looked.
"There is nothing there," he said.
Seven times Elijah said, "Go back."

44 The seventh time the servant reported, "A cloud as small as a man's hand is rising from the sea."
So Elijah said, "Go and tell Ahab, 'Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.' "

45 Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain came on and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. 46 The power of the LORD came upon Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.
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#1372701 - 06/18/09 10:15 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Boodaddy]
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#1373159 - 06/18/09 03:44 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Winchester]
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Boodaddy that's one of my favorites!
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#1373849 - 06/19/09 07:02 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Questioning God.


Good Friday to all and an early Happy Fathers day to all you Fathers. As we continue on in this study of scriptures from Isaiah 58, verse 3 made me think on the tone we use with God and how we question Him many times. Remember yesterday we talked about how we put on a show of being sincere before God even though He knows our hearts. Look at this verse:


3 'Why have we fasted,' they say,
'and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled ourselves,
and you have not noticed?'
"Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
and exploit all your workers.

This reminded me of my children when they do something they say "daddy look". Only they are really interested in me seeing what they have done. In this verse these folks were fasting so PEOPLE would see them. Then they would ask God have you not seen what I have done??? Again God knows our hearts and the motives behind our actions.

Next in this verse they tell an ought right lie. "We humbled ourselves"! They are complaining to God have you not noticed. This sounds so much like folks today..."why isn't God blessing me?" Let me remind you if you make over $2 a day you are in the top percentage in the world of being rich. God has blessed America way, way, way more than we deserve but yet we still complain. Christians should be examples of humbleness but have you ever sat in the wrong seat on a Sunday morning??? Ouch! Why oh why aren't we better examples of Christ?

Look at the response of God to their humbleness, basically saying your fasting is a fake and humbleness is not exploiting your workers. Talk about slapping some folks on the rear end! I am afraid the church is in need of the same thing. We aren't fooling God! He knows how humble we are, He knows our thoughts and motives if they are pure or not. When we examine ourselves is God top priority? I have used an example here for years. Ball practice or Sunday school. If we had the same commitment to Sunday school or church as we do ball practices we might actually impress God a little bit....but guess what we don't so what does that say about our love for God???

Have a great weekend and tell someone about Jesus!

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#1373856 - 06/19/09 07:10 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks again Tom. I just have to say that this devotional is such a blessing and a very useful tool for guidance....mine!

Thanks again for taking time to "feed the flock". \:\)
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#1374058 - 06/19/09 09:01 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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"Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. You show love to thousands but bring the punishment for the fathers' sins into the laps of their children after them. O great and powerful God, whose name is the LORD Almighty, great are your purposes and mighty are your deeds. Your eyes are open to all the ways of men; you reward everyone according to his conduct and as his deeds deserve
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#1374075 - 06/19/09 09:11 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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 Originally Posted By: MUP
Thanks again Tom. I just have to say that this devotional is such a blessing and a very useful tool for guidance....mine!

Thanks again for taking time to "feed the flock". \:\)


Amen! Very good. I hope that you don't mind that I share this with others everday.
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#1374105 - 06/19/09 09:27 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: TN Larry]
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Please do share Larry.
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#1374115 - 06/19/09 09:34 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Thanks again Tom. I just have to say that this devotional is such a blessing and a very useful tool for guidance....mine!

Thanks again for taking time to "feed the flock". \:\)

Amen, I agree!

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#1374896 - 06/19/09 06:59 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Winchester]
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I appreciate your kind words guys and gals just so you all know I am preachin to myself as much as anyone! God bless and fell free to share it with others!
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#1375383 - 06/20/09 10:03 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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"Honor your father and mother"-which is the first commandment with a promise-"that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." (NIV)
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#1377745 - 06/22/09 10:21 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Boodaddy]
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Are we being heard?


I hope everyone had a great Father's Day weekend. I believe summer is here. It is hot!!

Well lets continue our study of Isaiah 58:2-14 and look at verse 4 today. Remeber our goal is to see if we are sharing the love of Christ that in us with others.

Isaiah 58:4

4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,
and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today
and expect your voice to be heard on high.

When we have fasted, which by the way is not a common practice among Christians today, it should have brought us into a deeper relationship with Christ. So if that did take place why would we be arguing and beating each other up??? That is definitely not doing what Jesus taught. He told us to turn to the other check. To be humble. To build others up. To avoid confrontations if at all possible. So we must ask ourselves this morning are we fighting and quarreling with others frequently? Are we physically taking out our anger on others? If this is happening something is wrong. We need to seek out the Lord and coreect theses things immediatly. If we are truly sharing the love of Christ these things should not be in our lives.

Verse four goes on to tell us one more very important thing. If we are fasting and still doing these things, fighting, arguing, hitting, ect, it tells us that our voice will not be heard on high. Wow! That is something to really chew on for a bit today. Now the way I interpet the Bible is as long as you are in Christ God hears your prayers. The only wat God does not hear your prayers except for salvation is if you are not in Christ. So these folks were still putting on a show as we talked about last week. They were even trying to fast and fool God. These people had no relationship with God and it was pretty obvious in their behavior. So lets bring it back to us today. How is our behavior. If it is not showing the love of Christ in a consistant manner we made need to look and see if we have a relationship with Christ. Remember we may be fooling others but we can't fool God. God only hears two kinds of prayers...those asking Jesus into their lives and those who have truly accepted Christ....all other prayers go no futher than the end of the tounge.

Wow this has given me something to think on for a bit!

God bless you my friends!

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#1377749 - 06/22/09 10:27 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks again Tom. I needed that reminder, especially after this weekends' adventure. ;\)
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#1377750 - 06/22/09 10:28 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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#1378703 - 06/22/09 10:15 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: ferg]
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#1379925 - 06/23/09 06:22 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Loose the chains!


I am a little late with the devotion today...sorry! Wow is it hot or what here in Tennessee??? This time of year is not my favorite as I do not fair well in the heat! On to the devotion.

Here in Isaiah 58:5-6 as we continue on to discover if we are sharing the love of Christ in us with others God gets right down to what he expects from us! Here are the verses:


5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
only a day for a man to humble himself?
Is it only for bowing one's head like a reed
and for lying on sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast,
a day acceptable to the LORD ?

6 "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?

First of all in verse 5 God points out that we are not just to humble ourselves during a fast. It should be a continual characteristic for a follower of Christ. Again he was pointing out that they were putting on a good show by bowing and doing what was normal in their day with the sack cloth and ashes. But once their fast and showing off was done they went right back to their true selves...proud and arrogant!

Verse 6 God tells us what he expects...to help those who are in need. Those who are being taken advantage of. He tells us to break every yoke. Now lets think about this for a moment. When is the last time we have taken a stand for someone??? I am not talking about your wife or son or daughter because that is natural for us to do. I am talking someone who can't help themselves like the unborn or the elderly or the poor. Well what about it? This is what Jesus did and set the example for us. We even need to help those who can help themselves...Jesus did. I am thinking of the woman at the well. She could have helped herself many times in her life and walked away from adultery but she didn't. Did Jesus outcast her??? No he helped her and told her where she can get living water...through HIM!!

So my brothers and sisters are we humble and helping others and sharing the love of Christ or are we proud and arrogant...putting on a good show but not fooling God???

Sleep on this tonight and stay cool cause it is hot out there!

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#1380116 - 06/23/09 08:36 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Once again thanks for sharing Tom. I realize not everyone here gets to Church weekly. I know I myself have been guilty the past couple weeks. I really enjoy your daily devotion.

Thanks Tom, God Bless

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#1380331 - 06/23/09 09:59 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tenn.Guy]
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#1380476 - 06/24/09 05:13 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Thanks Tom! Causes one to search themself out for sure.

Question. What is sackcloth and ashes, and what was the meaning of lying on them?
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#1381261 - 06/24/09 01:58 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Share, share, share!!

I want to jump right into the devotion today. I have had this thought process that the verse is sharing come up quit a bit recently. As I have said previously I am speaking to myself in these devotions and God is shouting out loud to me today! Here is the verse:


7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

Remember we are thinking over the past few days about sharing the love of Christ in us with others. God continues in verse 7 sharing what he wants from us. It all basically comes down to this "LOVE OTHERS". This is the second greatest commandment according to Christ. I want us all to look at each command.

1. Share food with the hungry. Sounds pretty simple right? Are we doing that. The first thing I want to jump right in and say is well our church gives such and such. That's awesome! But what are you doing personally?? There are people everywhere that are hungry....we must do more. One example. We drive the best vehicles we can afford don't we. What if we down sized to something comfortable but yet not the top of the line and used that money to feed the hungry??? Something to think about. People are hungry...and we are riding in style...is God happy with that?

2. Provide poor with shelter. Where I live I am not sure there are many homeless but In Nashville which is not far their are plenty. Again like I said about the hungry we live in very nice houses...way more than we need yet folks are without shelter...is God happy with that???

3. People are without clothes. I know this happens where I live as I see children who need better clothes, greatly in the winter time. We have to have our American eagle, Ambercrombie(sp), ect. What if we bought decent but not name brand clothes and spent what we saved on others in need??? Is God happy with our greed??

4. I could go many places with the flesh and blood in the last verse but I want to think if they are human they are flesh and blood and we are to love as commanded by Jesus. Basic needs are numbers 1-3 and we as followers of Christ should be doing way more than what we are.

So I am goi ng to close with this....are you going to read this and say that is a good devotion or are you going to do something about it in your life. Don't look at others and compare....God is talking to you...and me.

Honestly as I think on this I am ashamed and I am going to do more!

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#1381262 - 06/24/09 01:58 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Mup I will answer your question later...got a few things to do at the moment!
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#1381727 - 06/24/09 08:18 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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MUP maybe this will help!


sackcloth

1. A symbol of mourning (1 Kings 20:31,32; Job 16:15; Isaiah 15:3; Jeremiah 4:8;6:26;)
2. Worn by Jacob when it was reported to him that Joseph had been devoured by wild animals (Genesis 37:34)
3. Animals covered with, at a time of national mourning (Jonah 3:8)


Ashes

1. Uses of, in purification (Numbers 19:9,10,17; Hebrews 9:13)
2. A symbol of mourning (2 Samuel 13:19; Esther 4:1,3)
3. Sitting in (Job 2:8)
4. Repenting in (Job 42:6; Daniel 9:3; Jonah 3:6; Matthew 11:21; Luke 10:13)
5. Disguises in (1 Kings 20:38,41)
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#1381734 - 06/24/09 08:21 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks Tom! \:\) It really helps to have these daily reminders to keep these things fresh on the mind.
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#1382246 - 06/25/09 07:18 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Another great day to be alive serving the living God! Thank you Jesus.

Today we get some good news! Yesterday we were beat down with how we should be sharing the Love of Christ in us by helping those in need. Today we will see we will when we are in Christ and loving others God gives us some promises! Here are the verses:

Isaiah 58:8-10

8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
"If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,

10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.

In verse 8 we are told our light will break forth...in other words brightly shine. That is exactly what Jesus was trying to tell us when God's word says "don't put your candle under a basket". Let it shine before men!! Verse 8 also says healing will appear...wow. This could be both physical and spiritual. It could also mean healing with our fellow man in our relationships. I think it means all of these. When we get right with man and God healing of all sorts takes place. This verse also says our righteousness will go before us. Well my righteousness is like filthy rags as the bible says so it must be the righteousness of Christ in us that is leading the way because I in myself am not worthy to lead anything. The verse 8 closes with a great word...glory of the Lord will guard our rear...Praise the Lord! We have no reason to look back because God has our back...think about that this morning!

Then we go to verse 9 and 10...it brings a smile to my face. When we have Jesus in our hearts...we call and He answers. You won't hear better news than that all day!!! We cry out for help this verse says and He will say HERE I AM! Thank you Jesus..thank you!

The the word tells us...take the yoke away, quit pointing the finger, stop gossiping and hurtful talk, feed the hungry, meet the needs of needy and then our light will shine like Jesus...bright so all will see the love of Christ.

I hope God's word spoke to you today like it has me! Wow! If you haven't read the past two days please do as it amplifies this devotion today even more!

God bless your day...Tom
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#1382323 - 06/25/09 08:35 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks again Tom! Very inspirational!
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#1382456 - 06/25/09 10:36 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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#1382472 - 06/25/09 10:51 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: CopperHead77]
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#1382479 - 06/25/09 11:04 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: CopperHead77]
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#1386808 - 06/29/09 08:26 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Satisfaction!

What a blessing this morning. I walked out the door and it was actually cool! Thank you Jesus for the refreshing morning. I had a great weekend...I hope you did also.

We have been looking at Isaiah 58:2-14....If you haven't been keeping up it may be helpful to go back and read previous devotions. This one today is a great way to start off the week. Remember God has told us if we are sharing the love of Christ in us with others blessings will come and here he continues that. Here is the verse for today:


11 The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.

Ahhh what refreshing words! When we are in Christ and sharing His blessings He has given us, God takes care of us!! The first thing this verse tells us is God will guide you always. Does that even sink in? The God of this universe cares about you and will guide you. What an awesome Father! He will satisfy your needs even in a place where needs are hard to meet. I can speak for myself. God has always met my needs...ALWAYS. Even in times where I was wondering if God was meeting my needs I can look back now and see without a shadow of a doubt He was. Keep in my mind God will meet your needs but not your wants! Then this verse goes on to say He will strengthen your frame. I can't count how many times God has given me strength to get through the troubling waters of life. More times than I can count. One day soon I would like to just lay that out there and see how God has strengthend you in times of need....just a way to praise God for His love and care for us.

Finally this verse ends by reminding us of the water of life....Jesus. Remember these words:

John 4:13-14

13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

When we are in Christ our water source never fails and I have seen this so many times in my life. When I am getting a little dry I grab the Word and pray...and my water source ALWAYS hydrates me...thank you Jesus!

I hope this mornings study blessed you as much as it has me....God is so good!

Have a great Monday...Tom
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#1386834 - 06/29/09 08:39 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks again Tom, always refreshing to hear the Word. \:\)
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#1386966 - 06/29/09 10:16 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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#1388613 - 06/30/09 10:23 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Boodaddy]
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Is the Sabbath a delight?


Praise God for another day. I just want to glorify your name today Jesus, for He alone is worthy!

On to the devotion:

We will wrap this study on Isaiah 58:2-14...I hope it has spoken to you as it has me. Here are the verse today:



13 "If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight
and the LORD's holy day honorable,
and if you honor it by not going your own way
and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,

14 then you will find your joy in the LORD,
and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land
and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob."
The mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Here are some great verse to share with those who don't value the importance of worship in Church. This is a beautiful verse for us to really sit down and think about and evaluate ourselves on. It says to keep our feet from breaking the Sabbath and doing as you please on My Holy day...wow how many so called Christians do that every week? It is very sad how we treat God. Do you call the Sabbath a delight? Are you excited about worshiping God every week? I admit some weeks are easier than others but when I walk away it is always a blessing and honor to worship every Sunday. Then this verse goes onto say keep the day honorable by basically not doing our own thing and not speaking idle words. I believe this is a warning to keep our focus on where it belongs...God. The ole devil has put many things in our way to take our focus off of God and He is telling us here don't fall for that! Idle words can be many things but here it may refer to things that don't bring honor and glory to Him. I think you can come up with your own examples here...stay away from those things!

The we go into verse 14 and we see the results of honoring God on the Sabbath. Joy! What a promise! Do you have joy in your life or is life a job for you right now. Maybe you need to look into this promise..get worship of God right and joy will follow! This verse goes onto tell us we will ride on high and feast on the inheritances of Jacob...remember God has told us we are joint heirs with Jesus! Praise God what a promise.

I like the last verse too...the mouth of the Lord has spoken in other words...LISTEN! Read over the entire passage of Isaiah 58:2-14 again and think about what God is saying. Sharing the love of Christ in us with others and obeying God in worship is sooooo important!

Thank you for reading my devotions I am honored that you take your time to do so and may God get all the glory and honor!

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#1388673 - 06/30/09 10:44 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thank you Tom! How great is our Lord!
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#1390051 - 07/01/09 09:26 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: SAWDUST]
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Strength....Let God hear you!!!


Good morning everyone. I mentioned a short time ago I would like to use the devotion to praise the Lord in how He has strengthened you in a situation. Here is a verse I love:

Psalm 18:1-3

Psalm 18
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD, who spoke to the LORD the words of this song on the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And he said:

1 I will love You, O LORD, my strength.
2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.

Read it again! Can you say the same? I know I can. God has given me strength so many times I can't count that high. I am gonna share a story in my life of how God strengthened me in a great time of need. I want you to share your story and together we will praise the Lord on high for His love, mercy and strength. So here we go:

It was in March of 1998 and my wife was pregnant with my son. She had already had some complications and was on bed rest. If I recall right we had went to the hospital a couple of times with contractions and the doctors were becoming worried that she was not going to make full term with this pregnancy. They started to give her steroid shots to help develop the lungs of my son. Well sure enough at 30 weeks my son decided it was time to come into this world. For those of you who are unfamiliar with pregnancy He would be 10 weeks early and at the earliest the doctors want to get to 32 weeks. My wife went into labor on March 23 of 1998 at 2:00 p.m. They rushed us from Union City hospital to Jackson Madison as they have a Premature baby unit there. At 4:00 p.m. Tom Eric Jehnzen,JR was born. That's right in two hours!!! We call him Eric. He was only on oxygen over night and basically had no major problems. During this time and during the next 30 days in which he was in the hospital God gave me the strength each and every day to know everything was going to be ok. To be honest he gave me a peace beyond my own understanding. I should have been worried to death but I wasn't and the only explanation for that is God. Thank you Jesus for strength no matter what we are facing in life. Here is a picture of Eric today....you sure can't tell he was a premie!!




So now it is your turn...how has God strengthened you??? Tell others too I want us to give God some praise!!!

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#1390197 - 07/01/09 10:45 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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I honestly wouldn't know where to start Tom. Praise God for that! Having so many times that He carried me through a tough/rough time in my life, but, the real center of it all is just knowing that He was there and that His hand was leading and holding me up the whole time, each and every time. Thank you Lord!
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Wow I figured there would be all kinds of stories!
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#1391539 - 07/02/09 09:49 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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#1391546 - 07/02/09 09:58 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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I have posted this in the past - but it fits today Tom - God bless you and this thread - here is praise to our dear dear Lord:

Grief -

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I got an email from a member today (whom I'll not name) - asking about my signature line - it seems he too has suffered, what I believe, the worse thing any parent may have to do in their life. Suffer the passing of a child. He asked about what had happend to my son as a means of easing pain through shareing.

Do people ever heal from such an event? My answer is no, they get by, but their lives are forever transformed into something else. And for those that would say 'time heals' I can attest to the fact, that in this situation, it simply is not the case.

When I let my own selfishness, the 'look what happend to me' BS, leak though into my heart and brain the pain is as gut renching as if it had just happend, however; i thought I'd share my response to this man, from one to another who understands the pain.

I'm really sorry about your loss - it's a road that's walked by many, and as you said usually alone.

My son was killed Dec 22'nd 2002 - he was 19, it was a single car accident - he was flown by life flight to Vanderbilt Trauma Center in Nashville - where they told us he would never recover - and they were only keeping alive long enough (On machines) for us to get there - where they turned off the machines and he passed in to Gods loving arms.

Everything happens for a reason 'they say' - and I suppose his death has brought me to God - I always felt that I was ok with God, but I didn't really understand - well I learned, I don't need to understand, only to love Him. We are all God's children and when He calls us home it's for a purpose that we are not aware. He called my Kenneth home and for that I'm grateful.

My personal pain was rooted in my being selfish, because someone, whom I loved with all my heart and soul, was 'taken' from me. Boo hoo poor me - what I failed to understand, then, was, that Kenneth was 'called' home to be with the only person in the world that could actually love him more than me, his true Father, our Lord.

And, if he was going to be with anyone, who else but God should be his caretaker? I'm ok now, it's been a very long journey, but one I'm happy to talk about and share -

I would encourage you to listen to three youtube videos the first one is here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PUHUZWyFeg

from there you can see the links to parts 2 and 3.

This man lost his son in a swimming pool a couple of months ago - what an awesome witness he is.

God bless and feel free to PM me or send to my regular email uscg_ret@bellsouth.net anytime you would like to talk.

ferg....


Why do I re-post this?

Because it dawned on me - that if this man wanted talk, as a means of self healing - then, maybe others are out there too, in too much pain, thinking that they are alone, walking down the road, that no man or woman, should ever have to walk.

They are not alone, God is with them always, and I, for one, would welcome the opportunity to speak with anyone that want's to hear 'my take' on God's larger plan, not that I'm privy to it, but; I know my son has been involved in it for over 5 years now and I look forward to seeing him again one day when the Lord calls me, one of His children, home too and my eyes are opened

For what it's worth -

God's Grace

ferg....


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#1392900 - 07/03/09 09:00 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Awesome Ferg..thanks for sharing!!!


I am out of town for Holiday..more devotions on Monday....Have a safe 4th and Thank God for our freedom!
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#1395824 - 07/06/09 08:08 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Peace!

My little girl has come up with shouting out "Peace". She has picked it up from some kids at church I believe but when she shouts it out it makes me laugh. As my good friend Barry Burkhead shared in his sermon last night this verse it made me think of her shouting this out. Here is the verse:

Colossians 3:15 (New King James Version)
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

What an awesome verse to start the week out with. Does the peace of God rule in your heart this morning? I am not sure what kind of weekend you had but maybe it was far from being peaceful. We can not obtain this peace unless we have a relationship with Jesus Christ. People thses days and in days past seem to search for this peace in so many different ways and in so many different things. The problem is there is only one answer and only one way to get this peace...Jesus Christ. I can honsetly say since the day I accepted Christ I have a peace that is truly indescribable. Yes I still have turmoils in my life but when Jesus is there with you those struggles just aren't near as bad. Oh thank you Jesus for the peace you provide in our lives!

I also mthink this verse is talking about the church as it says "you were called in one body". God expects the church to be a peacful place to worship with brothers and sisters in Christ. I have been in some churches where this is not so and God is not happy with this I can promise you that. We are to be different than the world.... and if you have ever been at some businness meetings at some churches we are not being different and this needs to change!!! The church should be united. Yes we can disagree but we can disagree in love and respect for one another. I also have been in churches where peace abounds and there is such a sweet spirit in these churches...I think I know why!!!

Finally this verse says be thankful. Are you thankful? I am. Gohas blessed me way more than I deserve why I don't deserve another breath but He has given me one! Thank you Jeus for the peace you have provided, my family, my friends, my health, and I can go on for days but most of all my salvation!

Can you say the same???

"PEACE!"

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#1397071 - 07/07/09 05:51 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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#1397236 - 07/07/09 07:44 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Stay single!!!!


I am at home by myslef this week as my family has went with a youth singing group called Christians in Action as they go on a week long tour every year. It has made me think about a couple of passages of scripture. Here they are and then I will comment more:

Matthew 19:7-12
7 They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?”
8 He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. 9 And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.”
10 His disciples said to Him, “If such is the case of the man with his wife, it is better not to marry."
11 But He said to them, “All cannot accept this saying, but only those to whom it has been given: 12 For there are eunuchs who were born thus from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He who is able to accept it, let him accept it.”

1 Corinthians 7:6-9
6 But I say this as a concession, not as a commandment. 7 For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that.
8 But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am; 9 but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

I have found that being home alone makes me have much more time do one of two things. Do as I wish. Basically anything I want to. I can go fishing til dark. I can watch a ball game with no interuptions. I can eat at any given time. I think you get the picture. OR I can spend some time drawing closer to the Lord. By spending time in Bible reading and meditation. I can spend time in prayer. I can go visit or call folks on the phone with no time tables. I can give God a great amount of time. I guess as I think about it I do have third option and I can split time down the middle....serve Tom and serve God. As we look at these scriptures up above I believe you will see what I am getting too.

The scriptures encourage us to stay single. I can sum it up pretty easily....the reason being we can be more in tune with God when we are single for the simple fact that we don't have the responsibilities of marriage. In other words we can give more of our time to God, growing in our relationship to Him and serving Him with our lives!

God knew many can not hanlde being single, basically we don't have enough self-control is what it boils down to and Paul told us the same in the Corintians verse. Just think for a moment on Paul...he was a single man....what did he do for the Kingdom of God??? Many great things. A great deal of the new testament is written by him!

Just for informations sake here is what a eunuch is:

eu·nuch (yōō'nək)
n.
A castrated man employed as a harem attendant or as a functionary in certain Asian courts.
A man or boy whose testes are nonfunctioning or have been removed.
Informal An ineffectual, powerless, or unmasculine man.

To make it simple....a man who can not have sex.

I have found this very interesting as i think on it....it makes so much sense that we can serve God in ways that we can't if we are single. For those of us that are married it means we have to be sure to use our time wisely so we can serve God like he deserves!

God bless....Tom
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#1398858 - 07/08/09 09:37 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Good morning to all...I hope this finds everyone doing well. As I was having my quiet time today I came to this one verse that kept coming back to my mind so I wanted to share it with you all and make a few comments. Here it is:

8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;

This is really a pretty simple verse. But yet it has so much to say. I think the real question is are we obeying it? As it starts out with finally you need to go back and read what was written before this verse. I just want to concentrate this morning though on whats in this verse.

Here Peter is talking to the early church..so when he is talking about being of one mind and he says ALL of you he is refering to the church...the believers in Christ. I pray they were more of one mind than we are!! Think about the unity of churches today. How many denominations are there? How many different churches are there? As Christians...the church today we need to have that one mind. The mind of Christ working twards perfection. The church today is so worried about being "the church" that we are failing miserably at reaching the lost and loving people like Christ has told us to do.

This verse goes on to say "having compassion for one another". Some churches are great at this and others are not. Ask yourself this morning....am I compassionate? Do I really care for my brothers and sisters in Christ? Do I care for those who are lost and dying and headed for hell? If you answered yes can you prove it? What are you doing to show compassion? Words are cheap but actions are costly!

The verse then uses words like "love, tender hearted, and courteous". Think on thses words. Does it desrcibe your church....does it describe you? On the word courteos this is what came to my mind. Have you ever been to a church visiting and sat in someone's seat? They may not have asked you to move but they made it clear you were in "their seat"! Is this the love and courteousy Jesus wants us to show others??? I know this is a very minor thing in the walks of life but if we can't handle the small things we sure can't handle the big things and I believe to Christ everything is important.

So folks I guess what I am trying to say is if we are the church are those who are not of the church seeing the one mind Christ wants us to have?? Our actions speak much louder than our words!!

God bless each of you...Tom
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#1398867 - 07/08/09 09:42 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Another good one preacherman! Thanks \:\)
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#1398902 - 07/08/09 09:59 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Baxter83]
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#1399031 - 07/08/09 12:27 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Very good. Thanks again.
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#1400407 - 07/09/09 08:53 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: TN Larry]
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Be very careful.


I am sure most of you are like me and are sick and tired of hearing about Michael Jackson. It is constantly on the news. Pretty much every where you look there is something about him. It really bothers me that a mere man is glorified the way he is and our Lord and Savior who deserves glorification is dragged through the mud these days! I must admit I was a fan of Michaels when I was younger but the things that he has been accused of doing over the years has taken away my admiration for him. There is no doubt he was one of the most talented singer/dancers of all time. Did you ever see an interview with him?? He seemed to me to be one of the most sad individulas I have ever seen. It was pretty obvious to me that even in all the fame and fortune, he was a very sad and lonely person.

Todays devotion is about judging others. I will be honest that when the news of his death first arrived and the news sources started to constantly talk about how great he was my mind started thinking about how sinful I thought he was. The Lord started to deal with me on this though. Of all the news reports over the years I have no proof of anything he has been accused of except the balcony scene with his child. God's word is very clear on judging:

Matthew 7:1-3

1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?

Wow that is pretty clear huh? Jesus will be the Judge and He tells us we are not and the way we judge others, He will judge us! Now think about that for a moment.

I heard one man who had lost his son really slam Michael and accuse him of some things. He then told about how great his son was and that his son should be the one receiving the news coverage. I had heard before his son's death many things his son had supposedly done. Here is the point of this we should not judge anyone as all of us have our own skeletons in our closets to deal with. As the verse says up above we need to deal with our own planks!

So let us be very careful not to judge as God warns we will be judged in the same manner. I pray that Michael Jackson had a relationship with Jesus and that one day will see him in heaven. In the mean time let's try to share love and help those in need and let the judging be done by the Lord. The death of Michale has been of use to me by the Lord in teaching me to be very careful about judging!

Have a great day...Tom
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#1400419 - 07/09/09 09:10 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks again Tom, a good reminder for sure. \:\)
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#1400436 - 07/09/09 09:22 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Question -

Where does 'holding someone accountable' to the christian way of life depart from 'judgeing' someone's enternity?

There is only one Chirst and He alone will judge someones enternity, however, I think we are compelled to 'hold someone accountable' for departing from His way?

Thoughts?

Sometimes I think people think we are judging when we are only asking the question - How does this fit with the Lord?

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#1400834 - 07/09/09 01:36 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: ferg]
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Ferg that is a very good question. It has much to do with the attitude and love shown I believe. Jesus often confronted about sin in peoples lives but he and the disciples did it in love not out of shove it down your throat. The bible is clear we can judge folks by their fruits but it must be done in a loving, gentle spirit.

So yes hold folks accountable but do it in a right manner and most of the folks I heard about Michael Jackson were not doing it out of love and what good does it do any way now that he is gone???

Very good question...thx!
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#1400950 - 07/09/09 02:41 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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This was a great time for this message. I have heard and seen so many people judge Michael Jackson and Steve McNair lately. Although I don't agree with their lifestyle I have tried not to judge them. Thanks again for the reminder !

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#1400971 - 07/09/09 02:51 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tenn.Guy]
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Thanks Tom -

I thought that as well - but - because I do live in a fallen creation - I tend to sometimes forget - that what I believe is accountablility 'comes off' as judgement -

I need to double clutch my brain sometimes before I engage my mouth \:\) ;\)

Thanks again for the time you put in - I believe this 'ministry' is growing fruit - it is in my anyway \:\)

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#1401353 - 07/09/09 08:41 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: ferg]
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Thank you Ferg I have been able to minister to some folks through this and I praise God for giving me the opportunity to do so. You are right on the money with the fruit comment. I give God all the glory because I deserve none and He deserves it all!
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#1402570 - 07/10/09 12:35 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Very good reminder. Thanks again.
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#1402919 - 07/10/09 05:14 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: TN Larry]
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#1403316 - 07/11/09 07:56 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Well my friends this may be my last devotion for a week or so. Just depends on a few situations. First my brother and his family are coming in over the weekend. He is bringing my two nieces and a nephew to go to Summer Youth Camp in Orange beach, Alabama. I am not sure if I will have internet there and I an not sure I will have time as I will be trying to keep up with 14 teenagers! So just keep an eye out and see if a devotion appears or not!

A couple of days ago we looked at 1 peter 3:8. Today I want to continue in 1 Peter 3 and look at verses 9-12. Here it is:

1 Peter 3:9-12 (New King James Version)

9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For


“ He who would love life
And see good days,
Let him refrain his tongue from evil,
And his lips from speaking deceit.
11 Let him turn away from evil and do good;
Let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their prayers;
But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.”

These verses are a call for us to do good to others even when we have been wronged. This is only possible when we have a relationship with Jesus. And even then it takes the super natural power of the Holy Spirit to help us to do this. When we are wronged our natural fleshly response is to do harm back. God's word clearly tells us to try to be peaceful. God's word even tells us in verse 9 if we do this we may even inherit a blessing. Wow think about that for a moment.

Look at verses 10-11...It tell us some things if you love life and see godd days then you need to do some things. Here they are:

1. Keep your mouth speaking good things!
2. Turn from evil and do good things!
3. Seek peace and go after it!

All these are not easy to do but when you have the Lord Jesus in your heart you can do them it takes practice and love. The God's word tells us God is watching us and listening to our prayers. I believe or the Christian life should have the characteristics of the above points.

These verses close with a warning. God is against those who do evil. If he just listed some things he considers evil then we need to refrain from them. So what do we want blessings or God to turn his face from us. I think that is very simple to answer.

So let's make sure we are being like our example Jesus Christ. Talking and treating others the way He would. Speaking well of and to others, turning form evil, and seeking peace. Oh how the world would be a better place if we would do these things!

God bless!

Tom


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#1403566 - 07/11/09 01:30 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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#1403692 - 07/11/09 03:10 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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#1405975 - 07/13/09 10:32 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Boodaddy]
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Thanks Tom, definitely not an easy task sometimes.
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#1414657 - 07/20/09 08:56 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Hello my brothers and sisters! I have missed writing these devotions. I took the youth to camp in Orange beach, Alabama. It was a wonderful week of learning, worship, and praise. The speaker was Matt Chandler who was very challenging and the worship leader was Charlie Hall. I ask you to pray for the kids to keep seeking God daily in their lives.

At this camp we went through the book of Phillipians....so while it is fresh on my mind let's look at some verses together out of this book. Lets start with these:

Christ Is Preached

12 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, 13 so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; 14 and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
15 Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: 16 The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; 17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.

The first thought that comes to my mind is if anybody can say "the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the futherance of the gospel" it is the apostle Paul. Remember all the things he went through. Beaten, shipwrecked, snake bit, and imprisoned which was where he was at when he was writting this. Can we say that in our lives that good or bad Christ is being preached??? This is a very important question to ask ourselves.

In verse 13 Paul tells us he is preaching to the whole palace guard that He is a Christ follower. I ask myslef this morning if I was in prison would I be pouting and having a pity party or would I be using it to tell folks about Jesus....Jesus is the reason Paul is in Prison!!!

In verse 14 Paul tells that his brothers in Christ have become more bold because of his imprisonment. That is something that we need to remember...others watch us no matter where we are in life and can become more bold by our actions! Wow! Stop and think about that for a moment.

Paul tells us in verse 15-18 that their are all kinds of folks who preach Jesus. Some for the right reasons and some for the wrong reasons but He didn't care as long as Jesus was being preached! He even says that some are preaching just to try and hurt him in prison. What is Paul's response...He is rejoicing! Oh God give me some of Paul's insight and responses.

I don't know about you but my first response to those who are wronging me is not rejoicing but that is where I am wrong especially when they are getting the name of Jesus out! Let me give a little warning here though as I believe Paul does in another place in the bible....if Jesus is being preached it needs to be the gospel of the bible not a man made gospel. For there are plenty of false gospels going around!

Think about this lesson today...Paul is sharing some very difficult teachings to us here! Grab on to them and apply them to your life!

God bless! Tom
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#1414745 - 07/20/09 09:56 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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#1414820 - 07/20/09 10:49 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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#1416154 - 07/21/09 08:52 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Good morning to all. Wow can you believe this Tennessee weather?? Never in my lifetime have I witnessed such cool weather in July...thank you Jesus!

Let's dive into some more of Philippians Chapter 1 verses 19-26:


To Live Is Christ

19 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. 24 Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. 25 And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith, 26 that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.

Paul is so amazing to me. I pray that we would have just a small portion of boldness and desire to live for Christ as he did. Look at verses 19-21. In 19 Paul is telling us all that he is going through will be his deliverance. I believe if we were facing the same things Paul was going through we would want deliverance from the problems but not Paul he uses the situation as his deliverance and opportunity to magnify Jesus...simply amazing. In verse 20 He says exactly that....He will never be ashamed, he will be bold and Christ will be magnified even in death!!! They key to Paul's boldness is found in verse 21. It should be our key also. Our life is Christ! Can you say that? Everything in Paul's life was centered around Christ...THIS IS KEY TO LIVING THE ULTIMATE CHRISTIAN LIFE!!! If we are centered in Jesus we can handle all situations that come our way. Even death. Remember what Paul says death is gain! Heaven! It will not get any better that that!

Verses 22-26 Paul is in a real struggle. He wants to die to be with Christ but also realizes as long as he lives he can be fruitful for Christ and bring others to knowledge of Jesus Christ. Ask your self right now are you in this struggle? Heaven or staying to work for the Lord to benefit others? I dare say most of us want to live but probably not with the sole purpose of bringing others to Christ. This takes us back to where are our lives centered?? I struggle with selfishness everyday. Our purpose here once we are saved is to bring others to the knowledge of Christ if we are not doing this than the Lord has all the right in the world to bring us home...to heaven.

I hope these verses are talking to you as much as they are talking to me. Very, very challenging. Take time to do some praying and evaluating today on your life and see what is in the center and be honest. The make adjustments if needed. We need to continue to grow in the Lord until He brings us home!

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#1416293 - 07/21/09 10:20 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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I have thought those same things elauwit!!!
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#1417454 - 07/21/09 10:21 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: ]
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Good one Tom. I struggle with this also. Think how many people we encounter everyday but don't have the boldness to witness when we are supposed to.
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#1417779 - 07/22/09 07:34 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Is your conduct worthy?


I hope you are doing well this morning. Let us continue in our study of Philippians. Today we are going to look at Philippians 1:27-30. Here they are:

27 Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. 29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, 30 having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.

Think about what verse 27 says..."let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ"!!! What does it take for our conduct to be worthy? Well when we think about what Christ did for us and the example he set for us and how he tells us to live our lives it is not easy to be worthy that is for sure. These words from Paul are just another example of how we should be striving everyday to do our very best to live like Christ has commanded us to do. If you are wondering what Christ has told us to do you need to read your Bible but a few examples are love others, don't lie, meet needs, help the unfortunate, obey laws of the land, share the gospel, ect. As this verse continues Paul tells them to be "striving together for the faith of the gospel". This is what the church is for. Working together as a unit to spread the gospel and bring the lost to Jesus. This can have a two fold meaning as in your individual church and in the universal church.

In verse 28 Paul tells us not to be scared by those who oppose us. He says to those that oppose us it is a proof of their perdition. Here is what perdition is:

per⋅di⋅tion

1. a state of final spiritual ruin; loss of the soul; damnation.
2. the future state of the wicked.
3. hell
4. utter destruction or ruin.
5. Obsolete. loss.

Paul is telling us that those who oppose the gospel this is what happens...perdition. But to us who follow the gospel salvation and it is a gift from God. Praise the Lord..thank you Jesus!

In verses 29-30 Paul tells us that when we believe in Christ we will also suffer. While we may not suffer physical persecution, as they did in Paul's day, here in America if we are sharing the gospel as we are suppose to you will face persecution. People will cuss you. people will slam doors in your face, people will call you names, family will turn their back on you and call you a Jesus freak, and many other things. So ask yourself if you are facing persecution for Christ? Then ask yourself how much you are sharing the gospel. I can almost tell you for certain that the two go hand in hand. If we are sharing the gospel we will face some sort of persecution. Am I wrong?

So let us end with the question we started with "Is my conduct worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ"?

That should give us something to think about today!

God bless you my friends...Tom
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#1417856 - 07/22/09 08:31 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks Tom! Much to think about and strive for!
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#1417862 - 07/22/09 08:37 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Thanks Tom!
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Thanks again Tom!
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#1417886 - 07/22/09 08:54 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Thanks Tom!!! I really needed that one today. We need to ask ourselves everday, "Is our conduct worthy? Would you be able to look Jesus face to face and say, MY CONDUCT IS WORTHY?"

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#1417998 - 07/22/09 10:12 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: TN Larry]
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I struggle with this one also,what will people think,what will they say ect., in a world where I think I heard only a staggering 6% of the people are true God fearing christians something's gotta change,and getting the word out about Jesus has got to be a priority..again something I really gotta work on!
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#1418015 - 07/22/09 10:23 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: CopperHead77]
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Another good one
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#1420469 - 07/23/09 07:23 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Humility


Sorry I didn't get a devotion out yesterday and am very late today. My family is on vacation at Ridgecrest and the internet has been down. So let's jump right into our devotion.

Today's lesson is very hard as the world teaches us to look out for self and this teaches the exact opposite!

Philippians 2:1-4

Unity Through Humility

1 Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Look at the words used in theses verses love, fellowship, affection, mercy, being like minded, one accord. The church is to fulfilling all of these to one another and also the outside world in some respects like love, mercy, and affection. Is the church doing a very good job? Some places yes and other places no.

But today I really want to look at verses 3 and 4. This is where the humility part comes to a head. Let nothing be done out of selfish ambition or conceit. That describes the world perfectly. It is all about me and what I can get and how I can get recognized. Think about that for a moment. Am I wrong? Then God's word goes on to tell us to esteem others better than himself. Who does that? That's not what I see the T.V. telling me to do. Everyman for himself, right? That is why God's word tells us to be different and not to conform to the ways of this world. Then H goes on to tell us yes watch out for your own interests but also the interests of others. I really believe here Paul is talking about the less fortunate. I mean the rich can take care of themselves but those in need can not. So church are we helping those in need? Sometimes yes. But what about those millions of babies for example that are being aborted every year or those who are staving every night? We can always do more and we can or I should speak for myself and say I can always show more humility than I have today!

God bless...have a great night!

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#1420733 - 07/23/09 11:02 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Better late than never,another good one.

Thank you for posting the these.
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#1420768 - 07/24/09 05:26 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Very convicting Tom! Very..
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#1420873 - 07/24/09 07:08 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Same mind as Christ???


Good morning everyone. The title of today's devotion pretty well sums it up. Do we have the same mind as Christ? I can answer that one for you...No. Not totally anyway. But that is what we need to be striving for each day for the rest of our lives. So lets get into the scripture for today.

Philippians 2:5-11

5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bond servant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

In verse 6 Paul tells us that even Jesus was God plain and simple even though through His life he was accuse of blasphemy and being the devil and all sorts of other things He plainly revealed to us He was God in the flesh. Then in verse 7 Paul goes on to tell us that even though Jesus was God he became a bond servant which basically is some who wants to stay a slave and serve his master for life. Jesus came down here to earth to serve and He commands us to do the same....so ask yourself this morning are you serving or are you in the frame of mind that you want to be served?? It says in verse 7 it also says Jesus made Himself of no reputation. Wow. The Savior of the universe was one of the most disliked person's of His day and still is today in many places. Why? To serve His master and then to serve us on the cross...thank you Jesus! That is exactly what verse 9 tells us...obedient to the point of death...the cross. Don't think for one minute though that Jesus work here on earth wasn't recognized somewhere. Yes it was recognized by someone alright....God. God has placed Jesus at His right hand and given Him the name of above all names! Praise God. And one of these days ALL will bow on bended knee in heaven on earth and under the earth. What will they do on that bended knee??? Confess with their mouths the Jesus is LORD! And this will bring glory and honor to God.

Wow I get excited and pumped up and sing praises just writing that about Jesus! So think on that today and examine yourself and answer the question where is my mind in Christ? Strive to have his mind it is a second by second job...the rewards are awesome!

Have a blessed day and tell someone about Jesus!!!

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#1420878 - 07/24/09 07:10 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks to all of you for the encouraging words. It is an honor to write these and for you to take your time to read them is quit an honor to me. I just pray God uses them to teach us and get us to a deeper understanding of His word. May He receive all the honor and glory not me.

Thanks again brothers and sisters!

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#1420886 - 07/24/09 07:16 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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One of the first songs I heard on the radio after the twin towers collapsed was the song by Phillips, Craig and Dean that talks about how "one day every tongue will confess you are God, one day every knee will bow"......

It was perfect timing to hear that song, and I'll never forget it.
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They're appreciated more than you'll probably ever know Tom. Second by second brother...Thanks again! \:\)
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They're appreciated more than you'll probably ever know Tom. Second by second brother...Thanks again! \:\)


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#1422286 - 07/25/09 07:06 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Shine as lights!


Another great morning to be alive and serving the King. Today's lesson is a good one so let's get right to it. Here are today's verses:

Philippians 2:12-17

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
17 Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.

First in verse 12 Paul tell them to keep pressing on even when he isn't with them. He also says some thing interesting "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling". Well salvation means deliverance from the power and penalty of sin; redemption. So I believe here he is telling us not to take what God has done for us, providing salvation, lightly. Keep up the good fight with a rememberance to who God is which should make us fear and tremble. Wow that is some powerful stuff right there. Verse 13 tells us God wants to work in us for two reasons to accomplish His good will and for His pleasure. Are you aware God wants to work through you and has jobs only you can accomplish? So are you letting Him work through you? If you are verse 14 tells us we shouldn't be complaining or disputing. If we are working for God we need to have a good attitude and remember who are Boss is. Verse 15 tells us why. When we do things God's way we become blameless and harmless, people see we are the children of God are are without fault or very different than the crooked perverse generation we live in right now and we will SHINE as lights in a dark world. In return because you are shining there is no telling how many you may bring to Jesus! That should be enough right there to make us want to do as Paul taught here.

Verse 16 tells us to hold fast to the Word of God. This and prayer are the two keys to living like Christ desires. If we are not in the Word and praying I can promise you that you are not even close to where God wants you. It is impossible. In the rest of verses 16-18 Paul tells us to pour ourselves out like an offering to Christ and then rejoice as we all work out our salvation to the King!

So my fiends let me ask you...have you had anything to rejoice about in serving King Jesus? If yes Paul says rejoice!!! If not we have work to do and we need to start today! I can tell you with complete confidence that there is nothing more satisfying in life than serving Jesus...NOTHING!

I love you ll in the Lord...Tom
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#1425517 - 07/27/09 04:42 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Loss for Christ


I am a little late on getting my devotion out today as I just got in from a long drive home from vacation. So here it is!

When we serve God we are going to lose some things....worldly things sometimes and sometimes things we just have to cut for time sake. Let's read today's scriptures.

Philippians 3:1-11

1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.
2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation! 3 For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, 4 though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: 5 circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; 6 concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

I n verse 1 Paul continues to tell us to rejoice...I just can't get over Paul telling us to rejoice when he is in prison. That is dedication my friends! Then he tells us to beware of those who want to lead us astray in verse 2. We need to be on our toes at all times for their are people who want us to fall on our face! Then in verses 4-6 Paul tells us that he has no confidence in the flesh which the bible also tells us not to live in the flesh. The flesh can be our own worldly desires or our status of who we are. Paul also says in theses verses that if their is anyone who could have confidence in flesh alone it would be him because of his credentials. He was a Jew through and through....top of the line but all that was nothing. Why did he says this??? Because all this is useless unless we have knowledge of Jesus Christ. Which he tells us in verse 8. Paul tells us in verses 7-9 that all the fleshly he has lost in his life....prestige, standing in the community, money, fame and fortune, is lost but he counts it gain because now He has a relationship with Jesus!! Stop and think about what he is saying here it is deep. What have you lost to follow Christ?

Paul tells us in verse 9 not his own righteousness(our works) but in faith(alone) in Christ Jesus is what has made him righteous before God!! Nothing we can do can save us from sin....it is all Jesus! In verse 10 Paul admits he wanted to suffer for Christ and one day Paul and us will know the power of the resurrection if we die before Jesus comes back. Then Paul tells us in verse 11 he will do anything to obtain this resurrection. So the question comes back to us...are we willing to do the same? Honestly? Paul proved it as he laid his life on the line everyday for Jesus.

Take time to read these scriptures again and let God speak to you. There is much more to grasp onto than what I mentioned.

God bless...Tom
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#1426195 - 07/27/09 10:51 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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#1426283 - 07/28/09 05:30 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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#1426442 - 07/28/09 07:43 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Grab a hold of Jesus!


As I mentioned a few devotions back I have recently taken the youth to camp. The Pastor shared some insight on Philippians and I want to pass it along to you. Today we will be looking at this one verse.


Philippians 3:12

12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.

In this verse Paul tells us he is not perfect as we should already know the only perfect man was Jesus. What I want to reaaly focus on is where Paul says" he presses on so he may lay hold of for which Jesus has also laid hold of me". How do we lay hold of what Jesus what Jesus wants to grab a hold of? Basically as our camp Pastor Matt Chandler shared it is called Holy discontentment. In other words you have Jesus but you want more of Him. Get deeper into your relationship with Him. This aso can be used as a guage as to where you are in your relationship with Jesus. Here are some ways to do that:

1. Look to Jesus as your goal.

If Jesus is our goal we will always be working to improve in all areas of our Christian life. Unfortunatlely we have got into a habit of looking at other people who are sinners just like us and saying to ourselves well I am doing better than so and so. No where in the bible does it say to compare yourself to others. Look to Jesus and you always be discontent and wanting to grow

2. Surround yourself with Godly people.

If you have friends that are non-Christians and you are participating with them in their activities I can promise you that you are not growing in Christ like you should. I have found that if you hang with folks who arn't believers you will be led to do things God doesn't want you to do. Very rarly will you lead those who are unsaved to do what God wants to do with our lives. This is very hard to say but their are times when you have to let friends go to be what God wants you to be...I had too and it hurts but is necessary.

3. Know God's promises.

How do you know God's promises by reading his Word. If you are in the word you will not be content of where you are in Christ because the Word will convict you daily! One of the promises of God's Word is that He will not leave you where you are. We are works in progress! Read the Word!

4. Evaluate self...often.

Where are you with your walk with God. Then make adjustments. As I just said in the previous point we are a work in progress so we will have to make changes, reevaluate and move on. So where do you stand with God this morning. Be honest. Are you doing well or do you need major adjustments.

Holy discontentment. I like this word because I think it should decsribe the child of God. If we get content we may be losing ground!

God bless...have a great day!

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#1426454 - 07/28/09 07:55 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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#1426708 - 07/28/09 10:20 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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#1428180 - 07/28/09 11:14 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Boodaddy]
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#1428508 - 07/29/09 08:19 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Press toward the goal


Good Morning to all. I pray we have a productive day for the Lord today! Here is the scripture for today:

Philippians 3:13-16

13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.

Well Paul starts out here saying I may be in prison(apprehended) but I don't see it that way and I am working towards heaven(goal)! What an attitude. Positive in all things was Paul. When Paul mentions forgetting those things that are behind in verse 13 there are two things to think about.

1. Forget spiritual and moral success's. If we continually dwell on our success's two things happen. The first is we start to become lazy as we think about how good we have done. The second is pride will start to build. We think look at what I have done. In reality we have done nothing God has blessed us by using us as his tool! So forget and move on and keep working for the Lord if there is any reward to have we will receive it in heaven!

2. Forget failures. We are gonna have failures in our lives both spiritual and moral. When we do get up dust yourself off and confess your sins if needed and get back to work. In our spiritual lives if we aren't failing from time to time it probably means we aren't doing anything great for God! Think about that for a bit.

The Paul says reach for what is ahead in verse13. What he is talking about here is working towards sanctification. Which means training yourself for godliness. This is not easy!!! How do you do that? Three simple things....scripture(read your Bible), prayer, discipline. All three are required. If your aren't doing these I can promise you that you are not growing in godliness. Make a plan today and stick to it!

Then in verse 16 Paul closes with let us be of the same mind in the degree we have already obtained and by the same rule. What is this degree and rule? I believe it to be the Word of God. We need to live by the same rules(commandments) and have the same mind in degree(value and meaning) which we have obtained from God. When we try to make the Word fit into our lives the way we think it should that is when we get ourselves into trouble. God has revealed everything we need to know. So let's stick to that!

So keep pressing toward that goal my friends I can promise you it will be worth it!

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#1428511 - 07/29/09 08:22 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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#1428692 - 07/29/09 09:27 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Baxter83]
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#1430714 - 07/30/09 08:50 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Hello my friends! I hope your day is off to a great start. Praise the Lord today no matter what it brings for He is worthy!

Here are the scriptures for today:

Philippians 3:17-21

17 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. 18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

This is some good stuff so hold o as we go through these verses. First in verse 17 Paul tells us to follow his and the other believer's example. But make sure it is a true believer!!! As He continues he tells us that their are many who enemies of the cross. I believe what Paul is saying here is their are many folks who pretend to be believers or maybe even think themselves they are believers but are not. Paul defines in verse 19 their goal which is destruction. To destroy the true gospel. They have a different god their belly. Wow think on that for a moment. Think about how many in the world today are obese. Now for those who have a physical problem I am not referring to them. Could it be that for many today their belly is their God? I love to eat. Sometimes if I think about it I can see where my belly could be my god. We very rarely fast but it is very biblical to do so. Is something as simple as food leading us to destruction? Take time to think and maybe do a little studying on this and tell me what you think...it will be pretty obvious we got a problem with food ourselves!

Paul continues and says "glory is their shame". What he is telling us is they wanted to be the center of attention...not God. Again look at us here in America. Who is getting the glory??? God? I don't think so. It is Hollywood, singers, politicians, athletes, ect. How many of us have longed to get some glory? Our lives should be consumed with humility and giving God the glory He deserves. The Paul continues that their minds are set on earthly things. Sound familiar? My how the word of God hits home today. I see in my own community where we are so consumed with earthly things. Things that will not be worth 2 cents when we meet our maker face to face. We are in danger of this very same problem...we need to wake up! Paul tells us where our minds should be in verse 20. Oh this is so good don't miss it. Heaven! That is where our home is not here. We should be working hard for Jesus our Savior as we wait for His return! So are you? What have you done for Jesus recently?? Jesus is going to transform our old used up bodies when He returns...thank you Jesus. We are going to have a glorious body just like His!!! Did you catch that? Oh how unworthy we are but how loved we are by God. Thank you Jesus!

When Jesus returns He will subdue all things...oh I can't wait to see that. So this morning where is your true citizenship? Are you happy with these earthly things and filling up that belly both phyisically and spiritually with those earthly things? Or are you filling up with the things of God and claiming that citizenship in heaven and serving the King until He returns???

Wow I hope this devotion speaks to you as it has me!

God send Jesus soon!

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#1430751 - 07/30/09 09:06 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks Tom, I always find myself lacking there. \:\(
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#1431550 - 07/30/09 03:49 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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#1433027 - 07/31/09 09:20 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Rejoice Always!!!


Good Friday to all of you. God's word is so good but yet so challenging and as we will see today His word is very hard to do sometimes! here are today's verse:


Philippians 4:4

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

Remember again Paul is writing this in Prison and in verse 4 he says rejoice in the Lord always?? Think about that. You see rejoicing in the Lord does not have anything to do with what situation we are in right now in life it has all to do with what Jesus has done for us for eternity!!! We should be rejoicing always in this.

So how exactly do we do this? I believe we can see how to do this by looking at these verses in Romans also penned by Paul:

Romans 11:33-36

33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!
34 “ For who has known the mind of the LORD?
Or who has become His counselor?”
35 “ Or who has first given to Him
And it shall be repaid to him?”

36 For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen

In verse 33 it tells us God has infinite wisdom and knowledge. We have no reason and not even a minute portion of enough wisdom to question God about anything...therefore rejoice in what we do know through the word!

In verse 34-35 Paul asks us a series of questions in which we have no answer. Look at them and think about them...can you answer" me"? I didn't think so because none of us can! God has revealed Himself to us somewhat but not enough that we can counsel Him. We can't control God and He doesn't owe us anything! And in verse 36 Paul sums it all up...everything is for, by, and about God. He is all powerful, all knowing, and everywhere. He deserves or worship and thus we should be rejoicing in Him always!

I can see why Paul was always able to rejoice. Paul knew life wasn't about Him it was about God plain and simple. So are you able to rejoice always? If not it may be we need to get our eyes off of ourselves and get them focused on Jesus...then you find it easy to rejoice!

God bless you and have a great weekend!

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#1433156 - 07/31/09 10:12 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks Tom! Hope you have a good weekend too! \:\)
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#1436985 - 08/03/09 07:05 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Are you gentle?


Good Monday morning to all. This is a verse I know I need to continually work on. Here it is:


Philippians 4:5

5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

Seems very simple huh? We live in a very harsh tough world where everyone is out for themselves and it don't matter who gets in the way! When we examine this verse that kind of thinking goes down the drain real fast. We are to be gentle to all men.

gen⋅tle

1. kindly; amiable: a gentle manner.
2. not severe, rough, or violent;

Do these words describe you? They sure describe Jesus and that is what our life is to be all about. I know for myself I would not describe myself as gentle and that is why it is a constant work for me. To be an effective witness for the Lord being gentle with the Word can sometimes be the key to bringing that person to Jesus. So are you known as being gentle to all men? If you are a man reading this word it sounds kinda funny to us to even say that doesn't it? That is because that's what the world has taught us! Being gentle doesn't mean being a wimp matter of fact it takes more strength to be gentle then it does just to fly off the handle all the time!

The verse ends with the Lord is at hand...remember Jesus can come at any time and we all want to have our lives conformed as close as we can with the Word of God so let me ask again...are you gentle?

Have a great week...Tom
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#1436988 - 08/03/09 07:12 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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#1436990 - 08/03/09 07:14 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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I definately struggle with that one day to day....Thanks again preacherman!!! \:\)
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#1438426 - 08/04/09 07:36 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Baxter83]
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Are you anxious??


The youth group and myself had a great day in God's wonderful creation. We went to Nashville shores. Yeah I know suffering for Jesus...haha! Thank you Jesus!! Now onto the devotion.

Keep in mind as you read this scripture Paul is writing this from prison!

Philippians 4:6

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

I believe if I was in prison I may be a little anxious to get out of there! I want you to take a moment and evaluate your life right now. What are you anxious about? Is it your job? Your children? Or maybe your relationship with your husband and wife. What ever it is Paul tells us how to solve the situation. Bath the situation in prayer and supplication. Prayer is talking to God just like I am talking to you. Pour yourself out to Him. That is what He wants. A relationship with you. I know it is hard to believe the Almighty God wants to a relationship with you or me but it is true! I want to share something with you to help you in your prayer life that will help you keep from just being selfish in your prayers. Use the word ACTS to help you pray. This is how it works.

A----Stands for adoration. Tell God how you adore Him. Call out ways you adore Him such as comforter, refuge, peacemaker, Almighty, ect. Basically just let Him know how much you adore Him.

C----Stands for confession. Confess to God where you failed Him. Be honest and let it go....He knows anyway but wants you to confess it daily. You will be amazed at how much more pure your relationship with Him will be.

T----Stands for Thanksgiving. Thank God for all that He has blessed you with. When you do this it will humble you greatly knowing how good God really is!

S----Stands for supplication. This is where we pray for a lack of better words petition God for ourselves and for others. Humbly pour your requests to God and then believe He will answer the way that is best for He is God!!!

I hope this may help you, as it has me in my prayer life. It helps keep you focused and not just concerned with self.

Verse 6 tells us we need to make our requests made known to God! He wants to hear them. That is some great news for us today!

Verse 7 is something that I have learned in my Christian life about prayer and anxiousness. When we truly turn it over to God no matter what it is God gives you a peace that is undescribable. I honestly can't tell you how many times this peace has been provided to me. Here is the key....you have to give it to God and let go of it. Trust me He can handle it. Also remember His answer may not be what you are expecting but God always knows best!!!

This lesson has really encouraged me and reminded me of some things this morning..thank you Jesus. I pray it does the same for you.

Have a great day in the Lord....Tom
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#1438914 - 08/04/09 12:49 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks for the last two lessons Tom! I just returned from a long weekend myself and these devotions are a welcome reminder and encouragement! \:\)
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#1438917 - 08/04/09 12:54 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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#1439043 - 08/04/09 02:48 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Baxter83]
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Just what the Dr. ordered.
It's amazing sometimes how what God puts on your heart is just what I have been thinking about or need. I have trouble sometimes with anxiousness and with prayers. Sometimes I feel I am selfish with prayers and try my best not to be. I will use this lesson in order to futher my relationship with the Lord.
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#1439941 - 08/05/09 05:36 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Hello my friends! I hope your day is off to a great start. Praise the Lord today no matter what it brings for He is worthy!

Here are the scriptures for today:

Philippians 3:17-21

17 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. 18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

This is some good stuff so hold o as we go through these verses. First in verse 17 Paul tells us to follow his and the other believer's example. But make sure it is a true believer!!! As He continues he tells us that their are many who enemies of the cross. I believe what Paul is saying here is their are many folks who pretend to be believers or maybe even think themselves they are believers but are not. Paul defines in verse 19 their goal which is destruction. To destroy the true gospel. They have a different god their belly. Wow think on that for a moment. Think about how many in the world today are obese. Now for those who have a physical problem I am not referring to them. Could it be that for many today their belly is their God? I love to eat. Sometimes if I think about it I can see where my belly could be my god. We very rarely fast but it is very biblical to do so. Is something as simple as food leading us to destruction? Take time to think and maybe do a little studying on this and tell me what you think...it will be pretty obvious we got a problem with food ourselves!

Paul continues and says "glory is their shame". What he is telling us is they wanted to be the center of attention...not God. Again look at us here in America. Who is getting the glory??? God? I don't think so. It is Hollywood, singers, politicians, athletes, ect. How many of us have longed to get some glory? Our lives should be consumed with humility and giving God the glory He deserves. The Paul continues that their minds are set on earthly things. Sound familiar? My how the word of God hits home today. I see in my own community where we are so consumed with earthly things. Things that will not be worth 2 cents when we meet our maker face to face. We are in danger of this very same problem...we need to wake up! Paul tells us where our minds should be in verse 20. Oh this is so good don't miss it. Heaven! That is where our home is not here. We should be working hard for Jesus our Savior as we wait for His return! So are you? What have you done for Jesus recently?? Jesus is going to transform our old used up bodies when He returns...thank you Jesus. We are going to have a glorious body just like His!!! Did you catch that? Oh how unworthy we are but how loved we are by God. Thank you Jesus!

When Jesus returns He will subdue all things...oh I can't wait to see that. So this morning where is your true citizenship? Are you happy with these earthly things and filling up that belly both phyisically and spiritually with those earthly things? Or are you filling up with the things of God and claiming that citizenship in heaven and serving the King until He returns???

Wow I hope this devotion speaks to you as it has me!

God send Jesus soon!

Tom


The bible teaches us to love not the world nor the things in the world for if we love the world then the love of the father is not in us ( 1 John ). We miss use the word Love so much , a Christian should watch what we say ! I always use an example to my grandchildren as to don't say you love something that has no way of loving you in return . The bible is clear in what it says about this subject . Do we say we love hunting , fishing , sports and etc .? Sure we do but remember what the bible tells us , love not the world nor the things in the world !Is it so hard to say that I like that alot rather than I love that thing ? Our speach should be seasoned with Grace as we know how we ought to answer every man . We take things the bible says with a grain of salt and we should take it to heart !! Each member that prays for someone ought to read John 9:31 and ask for forgiveness for there sins before praying , AMEN ? Being a Christian is not just some thing you just say it is a walk ! Most of us are just basicly ignorant ( no pun intended )to what the word of God means and I want to personally thank anyone who steps out and professes the word of the Almighty God !!Thank You Preahermantom !!!!!!


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#1439943 - 08/05/09 05:39 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Snake]
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Each member that prays for someone ought to read John 9:31 and ask for forgiveness for there sins before praying , AMEN ?

Amen!
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#1440154 - 08/05/09 07:58 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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God words snake! Thank you and made me do a little thinking myself!

God bless you my friend.
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#1440156 - 08/05/09 07:58 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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What are you meditating on?


Good day to all. We were blessed with some more rain here last night. Thank you Jesus for watering the crops again!

Today's devotion is very important to our walk with God. Where is our mind at? Here are today's verses:


Philippians 4:8-9

8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

In verse 8 Paul tells us to meditate on some things. Why? Pretty simple it will keep our mind on the things that er of God and not of the devil. The first is true. We are fed lies everyday and we must sift through them to concentrate on the truth. The best way to do that is to stay in the Word. It helps us to find the truth! Next Paul says noble. One of the definitions of noble is of an admirably high quality; notably superior; excellent. Keep our thoughts on Jesus and that pretty well can sum that up huh? Next Paul mentions things of high report. A report is a statement or announcement and what Paul was referring to hear was keep in your thoughts the work being accomplished for Jesus Christ. That will keep you focused. Forget the bad and remember the good! Virtue means conforming to moral and ethical principles. So here Paul was most likely referring to those who were turning their lives over to Jesus for that is definitely praiseworthy. Paul says meditate or think deeply on these things. So let me ask again what are you meditating on? Dr. Phil? Oprah? Your problems? Change your thought pattern and see what a difference it makes in your life!

Then Paul says in verse 9 what you have learned , saw, and heard in me.....DO! Paul was not being boastful....he was totally sold out for Jesus and was living a life worthy to be followed as an example. So are so following Paul's example today??

God bless...Tom
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#1440174 - 08/05/09 08:08 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks Tom! HE is worthy of all praise!
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#1440209 - 08/05/09 08:28 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Can you say...I am content???

My friends stop for a moment this day and just praise the King. He deserves it for He is God.

Today's devotion as always when we are in God's word is tough. When I answer the question asked in the title I can't honestly say that I am always content. It seems as though we think we always need more or less of something. Maybe we should realize God has us right where we are for a reason and take our life at that. Paul did and we should too!

Here are our verse's:

Philippians 4:10-13

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

In verse 10 Paul praises the Philippians church for their care. The in verse 11 Paul says really he has no need! WOW no need??? He is in prison and has been through beatings, shipwreck, snake bites, and all sorts of persecution but he is content. Brothers and sisters this is something we must grasp onto. A very important teaching. God does not promise comfort now....only in eternity. Matter of fact Jesus basically promised persecution if we are following Him! Do you now why Paul was content? Because He was in the center of God's will and he knew it. Are you content? Are you in God's will? Are you being persecuted? Our answers to these questions can tell us much about our faith.

In verse 12 Paul tells us he can be abased...the word abased means lower reputation or to be humble...after meeting Jesus in the way He did I don't think Paul had a problem with where he ranked in man's opinions. Paul also said He knows how to abound...abound means rich or filled up...Paul at one time had everything materially he could ever want he found only Jesus satisfies and now he is full! Then Paul says in verse 13, one of the most used verses in the Bible, he can endure anything through the strength of Christ. He proved this verse didn't he? This verse is used in the wrong way often. Here is what I mean. Athletes use this verse often in the sense that God will provide for them to overcome on the field. Does God really care if I hit a home run or score a touch down? I doubt it. What God does care about is spreading His word and bringing others to Him and when we are facing persecution in doing so He will give you the strength you need to get it done!

So my brothers and sisters are you content? Even in suffering? Hard question huh?

Have an awesome day!

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#1441637 - 08/06/09 08:44 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Awesome devotion Tom! Thanks again! \:\)
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#1441639 - 08/06/09 08:47 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Good one . Guilty here , I really have to work here ! I know that at times I feel uncontent , usually the Holy Spirit convicts me and shows me people that are in worse shape than me . Really humbles me when this happens , we have so much to be thankful for !! Thanks , Tom
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#1443032 - 08/07/09 07:52 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Snake]
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Good Friday to all. Let's read our scriptures this morning.


Philippians 4:14-20

14 Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress. 15 Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. 16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. 18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

What I want you to take away from these verses this morning is God will supply for your needs. There are two main points I want you to see here though.

1. Paul was working full force for God and His Kingdom.

God takes care of His own. I am of full belief that God provided for Paul and meet every need that Paul had and he will do the same for you and I. But you must put your belief and trust in Jesus. When we put our trust in Jesus we should automatically start working for the Lord. Small steps t first and then increase along the way. The book of James says "faith without works is dead." Paul's faith was certainly not dead. Ask yourself this question this morning....is my faith dead?

2. God said He would meet his needs not his wants.

A need is what is needed to survive. Think of all the things Paul could have thought was a need but learned it was not like....not being physically harmed(He was beaten many times), physical health(he had some kind of health problem but God did not heal it), release from prison(he spent a long time here), and the list can go on. In our minds many of these things would be needs but not to God or Paul. God made sure He had food and water. The churches helped provide sometimes for Paul.

As I think on this this morning it sure does remind me of how blessed I am. Wow. I am so unworthy. So many things I pray about are not needs. Lord help me to have just a portion of will to serve you that Paul did.

Take time and really think about this lesson...it has smacked me right in the face.

Have a good weekend and serve the King!

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#1443443 - 08/07/09 12:16 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks again Tom! When I read this, I am humbled. So unworthy am I, but yet Jesus loves me still! Thank you Lord!
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#1446896 - 08/10/09 09:08 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: TN Larry]
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God....are you seeking Him?


Good Monday morning. I greeted at the High School doors this morning as the kids arrived. Some were excited and some were not. The first day of school. I was thinking this morning...Are the kids their seeking an education or just because they are forced to go?? This brought me to this passage this morning:

Psalm 63
A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
1 O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.


Are we seeking God? Or do we follow God as a duty? Or maybe not at all....drop outs! Psalm 63 is a dandy. I like how David starts out You are my God! Can you say that this morning? We should want to shout it from the roof tops!! David goes onto say early I will seek you. As I write this it is only 9:00 a.m. Have you searched out God this morning? Stop and do it now if you have not. We need to start our day with God!! David says his soul thirsts for God. To be honest all our souls have a thirst for God. We will not have the peace only God can fill is we are not filling this thirst with Jesus Christ. He is the only thing that will satisfy this thirst...the Living Water! David continues and says his flesh longs for God. To me that means David had his heart right with God at this point. For our flesh in it's natural environment does not long for God but the world. So David was right with God.....is your flesh right with God? A good check on that is to see where your desires lie. Are you desiring Godly things or the things that the world has laid out there for us. If you are wondering what those things the world is offering you better dive into your Bible because that is where God tells us!!

David goes onto tell us we live in a dry and thirsty land. Oh how I love the Word of God and how it is still alive and on the money for us today! Are we in a dry and thirsty land...you bet your bottom dollar we are. The world is dying of thirst and the water(Jesus Christ) is right there in front of them! What more can God do for us?? Absolutely nothing. Thank you Jesus!

Take time today and thin about this opening verse in Psalm 63. It should really speak to us!

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#1447131 - 08/10/09 12:32 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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..........David goes onto tell us we live in a dry and thirsty land. Oh how I love the Word of God and how it is still alive and on the money for us today! Are we in a dry and thirsty land...you bet your bottom dollar we are. The world is dying of thirst and the water(Jesus Christ) is right there in front of them! What more can God do for us?? Absolutely nothing. Thank you Jesus!

Take time today and thin about this opening verse in Psalm 63. It should really speak to us!

Have a great Monday!


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#1447148 - 08/10/09 12:43 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Thanks again Tom. \:\)
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#1448351 - 08/11/09 08:58 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Is Church important??


Today was my daughters first day of school. Oh how they grow so fast. Here is my thought to start out the devotion for today. We all know how important an education is right? We would not think of keeping our kids home from school because for the rest of our lives we need to be able to read and write, do math and all the other things school teaches us. Why then do we feel we can miss church and Sunday school when it is preparing us for eternity? Think on that as you read the scripture for today.


Psalm 63:2

2 So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.

King David it appears found it very important to search for God in the sanctuary. He says he seen God's power and glory! That is so awesome. Have you ever expirienced God's power and glory? You can every week in worship at the house of God. You also can outside of church by living for Jesus in every area of your life. I can not figure out how so many people are fooled by the devil every week by staying at home from worship but yet claiming they have a relationship with God. I have heard all the excuses believe me. They say hypocrites are at church. Yeah that's right and they are everywhere else in life too! You are not there for them you are their to worship God and the church is the hospital for sinners remember that! They also say I can worship God in the woods or on the water or watching football, ect, ect. Yes you can but God set the sabbath asides for rest and worship and one other thing He says in Hebrews 10:25.

Hebrews 10:25 (New King James Version)

25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hmmmmm as is the manner of some! How many are falling into that category? The day approaching is Jesus return. The bible says it will be like a thief in the night. I wonder how many will be caught unprepared??? I hope it won't be you!

It is our job folks to seek Jesus and if we think school is so important and it is....how much more is church and Sunday school???

Witness the power and glory of God yourself and get involved in church today!

Love and peace to all in the name of Jesus....Tom
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#1448363 - 08/11/09 09:03 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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"25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching."

Amen! I believe the day is fast approaching!

Thanks Tom!
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#1448519 - 08/11/09 10:11 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Very good one today,Thanks and Amen.
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#1449911 - 08/12/09 08:39 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Better than life!

Read this verse:


Psalm 63:3

3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.

I want you to do something this morning. Think for two or three minutes on the first part of this verse "your loving kindness is better than life. Then I want you to answer this question.....Can you honestly say that in your life right now. God doesn't want the Sunday school answer He wants the truth...He knows your heart anyway!

What is lovingkindness? Let us break it down. Love is a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. I am not sure we have words in our language to describe how much God loves us. I always like to say if you have children would you give that child for me to save me from hell? Or how about Charlie Manson would you give your child for him? Well God gave His Son for me, Charlie and you....now that is love. Then there is kindness. Which is the act of being a friendly, generous, or warm-hearted nature. That describes Jesus. Jesus was friendly to all and that should be an example to us. Jesus was generous he always gave what He could and then offered up His life for all...now that is generous! Jesus was warm-hearted or compassionate. We hurt Him with sin everyday but He is still seeking us to have that relationship with Him. Why??? Because He cares about us deeply.

In this life of ours we seek out all kinds of things to make us happy. I am living proof that things will not make you happy. The only thing in life that will satisfy you is the loving-kindness of Jesus. He wants to fill that void in your life that only He can fill. Give Him a try I promise you will never regret it. Then your lips shall do as David's did "my lips shall praise you." Jesus my lips shall praise you too and you alone are worthy of that praise!!! Jesus you are better than life itself! What are your lips praising this morning?

Have an awesome day...Tom
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#1449996 - 08/12/09 10:10 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks Tom! As I have prayed of late, "thank you Lord for the love that surpasses my understanding." As it surely does. \:\)
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#1450011 - 08/12/09 10:31 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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#1451526 - 08/13/09 09:39 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Praise!

This is a great verse we could start every day with!

Psalm 63:4

4 I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.

You know and I know it is easy to praise God when things are going good. The only problem is many folks forget to give Him the praise during these times. It seems as though we only want God when things are bad. Case and point is 9/11. The churches filled up for about a month. Folks were crying out to God which is good to a point. But slowly those who have no root faded out and church went back to the numbers of before 9/11.

Think about David who wrote this Psalm. If he is going to praise God as long as he lives it is a good suggestion for us to do the same. David expirienced many things in his life. For example...King Saul pursuing him to take his life, his son Absalom betraying him, the sin with Bathsheba which resulted having her husband murdered, and many more situations but yet David says I will praise you! For David was a man after God's own heart which is hope for us! Why? Because David made mistakes...big mistakes but he loved God and God's knows our hearts and forgives when we repent. So today no matter where you are in your life....lift those hands to God and give Him some praise for He alone is worthy!!! Praise God for as long as you live for one day if you know Jesus you will give praise for eternity....oh what a day that will be.

Enjoy God today......Tom
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#1451579 - 08/13/09 10:14 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Very uplifting Tom! Thanks again! \:\)
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#1453220 - 08/14/09 11:14 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Satisfied???




This morning was beautiful morning! I got up and went fishing with a couple of friends. The sun came up and the fish bass were biting. I can honestly say I was satisfied with my morning. To be honest it was the best bass fishing morning I have ever had so I was more than satisfied I was estatic!!! So as we look at the verse for today ask your self is my soul satisfied???

Psalm 63

5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.

What does satisfied mean? Here is the definition: 1. content: 2. completely paid

Wow I like both of these. The word content is good as we think about our spititual lives. To be content one must be in good satnding with God. How does one do that? Accept Jesus Christ as the one who completely paid for our sins! Did you catch that the second defintion of satsifaction. Jesus completely paid for our sins and then and only then can we truly be satisifed spiritually. To complete the thought of David he used the words marrow and fatness. Marrow is defined as rich and nutritious food. Good food satisfies us doesn't it? That is what David was trying to convey. Fatness just expands that thought even further as it is defined as richness; fertility; abundance.

This morning I was praising the Lord do the crisp, cool, beautiful sunrise, bass biting morning. I was having a joyful morning with good Christian friends and a God who loves me. What more could I ask for?? Even if I had been at work or wherever I am satisfied with my God! And I will praise Him. What a Mighty God we serve.

So today can you praise God with satisfaction? I sure can. No matter what our circumstances we can say The Lord is good!

Have a great weekend my brothers and sisters!

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#1453275 - 08/14/09 11:54 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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We're so blessed Tom, I don't think we even scratch the surface of realizing it most times. Thanks again for an uplifting devotional! Have a great weekend too! \:\)
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#1454014 - 08/14/09 10:42 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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#1456378 - 08/17/09 08:53 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Bed!

I hope you had a great weekend and took time to worship the living God! Here is today's verse:

Psalm 63:6

6 When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches.

Ahhh nothing like your own bed huh? When you go away on a trip and have to sleep in a different bed if you are like me you just don't sleep very well. But when you get home and get in your own bed it feels so good! Well this morning David tells us something else that feels so good to do in your own bed....remember God! This even feels good in a bed when away from home. I hope you take time to thankl God for the day every night. No matter what has happened that day. He deserves our praises.

David hoes on to say he meditates on God in the night watches. This could refer to two things as a soldier some will have to saty up through the night to keep guard. As one would keep guard what better way to spend the night then meditating on God? It could also mean when David would wake in the night He would turn his attention to God. Has God ever spoken to you in the middle of the night? He has me. Sometimes God wakes us because He has something to say to us so be ready to listen.

As I close for today let me ask you something. Have you ever fallen asleep praying to God? I have and felt guilty for it. I have come to the conclusion we should not feel guilty if we fall asleep praying. If you have children and they have fallen asleep in your arms you know how precious that is and what a feeling of closeness you feel with your child at that moment. I think God feels the same with us. We are talking with our heavenly Father and fall asleep in His loving arms. Can it get any better than that??? I think not.

Have a great Monday!

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Wow Tom! Awesome devotion today! Yes I have fallen asleep while praying in my bed at night, and yes I have felt guilty for doing so! I've never heard that explanation or even anyone talk about it before. Thanks for showing me that scenario of how God may feel towards us in that situation! \:\)
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#1456412 - 08/17/09 09:19 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Wow Tom! Awesome devotion today! Yes I have fallen asleep while praying in my bed at night, and yes I have felt guilty for doing so! I've never heard that explanation or even anyone talk about it before. Thanks for showing me that scenario of how God may feel towards us in that situation! \:\)


That really hit home today Tom. I have done this several times, as well as my wife has. We have talked about it and both have felt guilty for it , but I have never thought of it the way you have!
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Good way of thinking on that never thought of it that way until now,Thanks.
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#1458140 - 08/18/09 09:04 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Thank you for helping me Jesus!


Help, help, help! Have you ever noticed how much we ask God for help? Read the verse for today as you think about that.

Psalm 63:7

7 Because You have been my help,
Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.

I don't know about you but when I sit down and think about my prayer life I can honestly say I ask for help way more than I praise the living God. I would hate to have to put a percentage on it but if I had to I would say 90% requesting help, and 10 % priase. I am not even sure that is accurate. Think about your own life for a moment and how would your percentages come out?

Here in Psalm 63:7 David says "you have been my help". Thank you Jesus because you have been my help too! In all situations Jesus has been my help. Yes even when God did not answer my prayer like I wanted I can say God helped me. I can not count the times that situations I have prayed for turned out for the good even though it was not what I was asking for....God always knows best. Also there have been times where things have not turned out for the best in my eyes but you know what??? I have to trust my God because I know without a shadow of a doubt HE KNOWS BEST!

David goes on to say in verse 7 that because God is my help in the shadow of God's wings he will rejoice. The picture of being in the shadow of God's wings is a picture of protection. Isn't that a great comfort to know that! Just like a bird has to totally rely on it's mother for protection we muct do the same with God. Like I said before God knows best and we must always remember that. We too like David need to rejoice in the protection of the Father and how He continually helps us even though we don't deserve it!

Thank Jesus for all the blessings You bestow upon a sinner like me. You alone deserve all the honor, praise, and glory!!

Have a great day!

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#1458149 - 08/18/09 09:16 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks Tom! Awesome devotion of praise! \:\)
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#1458565 - 08/18/09 01:36 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thank Jesus for all the blessings You bestow upon a sinner like me. You alone deserve all the honor, praise, and glory!!


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#1459882 - 08/19/09 08:33 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Hold me up!

Here we are half way through another week! Time flies when you are havin fun! Here is today's verse:

Psalm 63:8

8 My soul follows close behind You;
Your right hand upholds me.

I pray we all can say what David says in the first half of this verse. It takes effort that is for sure. To stay close to God as the world tugs and pulls for our attention we must be strong in our faith for our soul to follow God closly. Daily prayer and Bible study is a must to stay close behind God. I like that thought behind God too. If you are anything like me I have to be very careful of not getting in front of God and try to lead the way my way! God is our guide and leader. He is the one who is to be directing our lives. Stop right here and evaluate yourself...is God the leader in your life or are you?

Then David tells us God upholds him. Oh what a picture this is. Does God uphold you? I know He does me. Day by day God gets me through. The other day a lady from our church said she wondered how when people go through difficulties in life like death of a loved one or serious sickness how they ever make it through without Jesus in their lives. I agreed because I don't see how any one does it. I need Jesus to hold me up and He has never let me down yet...thank you Jesus!

So if you are having trouble standing today and you need help ask Jesus He will be there when no one else is!

God bless you all...Tom
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#1459908 - 08/19/09 08:44 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Excellant and AMEN

Thanks for the Reminder on not letting or getting ourseleves in the lead.
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#1460130 - 08/19/09 10:18 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks again Tom! I couldn't take another breath without Him!
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#1462032 - 08/20/09 09:32 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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God's protection

Wow did we have some elctricity flowing throught the air last night from some storms! Been a long time since I seen the sky light up like that! Thank you Lord for the protection and rain we needed it! That leads us to today's verse:

Psalm 63

9 But those who seek my life, to destroy it,
Shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
10 They shall fall by the sword;
They shall be a portion for jackals.

David was a man who stood for God but that lead him into many situations where people wanted to take his life as we see in verse 9. For us we may not be in danger of losing our life for our beliefs but there are plenty who want to destroy our belief in Christ and the Word of God on which we stand. Since the Word of God has been put to pen thier have been folks trying to destroy it and the people trying to spread the Word but guess what the Word lives on! Folks have been killed for spreading the Word but guess what??? They live on in the kingdom of heaven. For all those people who try to destroy us we need to pray for them as God's word tells us to pray for our enemies. For those who never come to belief in Jesus and repent of their ways it is clear there is a place for them in eternity whcih verse 9 talks about....the lower parts of the earth also know as hell. So when we are being destroyed remember the destinations of the believer and the non-believer it is a definite encouragement for those who believe!

Verse 10 talks bout whn David was fighting for hsi life what would happen to those who came against him. They often fell by the sword and weere left for the jackels. Here I think of the United States. We were once a Christian nation and when we defended ourselves many fell to the sword. Now as our morals have turned as a whole we must be careful that we do not fall by the sword. We need a revival in this land in a bad way. Can it be done? Yes! But it takes a nation to fall on its kness, repent, and turn back to God and get in His Word. Be in prayer that this happens in our life time. If it doesn't can you imagine what this nation will be like for our chilrdren and grandchildren...Oh my, God have mercy on us.

Pray hard today....for our President and nation.

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#1462120 - 08/20/09 10:24 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Pray hard today....for our President and nation.

I do every single morning Tom! Thanks again! \:\)
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#1463392 - 08/20/09 11:19 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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#1463761 - 08/21/09 08:50 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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The King shall rejoice in God!

Good Friday to all! Here is today's verse:

Psalm 63:11

11 But the king shall rejoice in God;
Everyone who swears by Him shall glory;
But the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.

When I read this the first thought that came to my mind was....I wish we could have an out spoken Christian President. I mean one that would truly make his decisions by the Bible and live his life by the Bible and it be overwhelmingly obvious! Can you imagine what our nation would be like and the blessings God would pour out on us. Of course it would have to be more than just the President. It would take congress and the senate and the people also to be surrendered to Christ to truly move this nation in the right direction. During th reign of David the King did rejoice in God and oh how God blessed the nation during his time. As the verse says everyone who swears by Him shall glory. When we put our loyalty in God glory comes our way...what a promise that is! That is why I say if our leaders and our people will turn to God the blessings that would flow would be unbelievable!

Then this psalm closes with another promise...those who speak lies shall be stopped. I believe David is talking about telling lies about God or even those who tell the lie there is no God. One day they will be stopped at the Judgement of God they will bow and they will know the truth that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.

Pray for our nation and leaders that all shall rejoice in God!

Have a great weekend!

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#1463891 - 08/21/09 10:04 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks again Tom! Have a good weekend also! \:\)
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#1463901 - 08/21/09 10:14 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Thanks again Tom! Have a good weekend also! \:\)


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#1467225 - 08/24/09 08:37 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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It is all about God!

Good morning. I hope everyone was able to enjoy the beautiful cool weekend! Here is today's verse:

Colossians 1:16
16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

This is something we must get into our heads and not forget. God created everything. All creation was His idea. The earth with all its beauty. The human body with all its complexities. The universe where we have never seen its end! Think about all that God has created...too much for the human mind to comprehend.

Why did God create all this? The second half of this verse tells us. For Him! God created all this to bring glory to His name. That includes us. We are here for one purpose...to glorify and worship God. Plain and simple huh? If humanity could just get this through there head what a difference it would make in this world of ours! As the Purpose Driven life book starts out by saying "It's not about you." How true, how true. Have you come to that point in your life where you have come to that conclusion? Until we do we will not be living life to the fullest!

God it is not about me....it is ALL ABOUT YOU! Help me to realize that each day!

Have a good Monday...Tom
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#1467238 - 08/24/09 08:45 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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More and more each passing day it seems Tom! Thanks! \:\)
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#1467247 - 08/24/09 08:51 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Hope you don't mind Tom, but I'd like to throw out an invitation to revival at my home church this week. Mt. Pleasant CMC is holding revival this week beg at 7:00 c.s.t. The church is located on Hwy 111 N. of Dunlap at the intersection of Hwy 111 and Hwy 399. Brick church on the hill. ;\) Everyone is welcome to attend and Bros. Mike Rigsby and Freddy Savage will be preaching. Ya'll come! \:\)
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#1467356 - 08/24/09 09:58 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Another good one.

MUP may all go very well on the revial above and below. \:\)

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Hope you don't mind Tom, but I'd like to throw out an invitation to revival at my home church this week. Mt. Pleasant CMC is holding revival this week beg at 7:00 c.s.t. The church is located on Hwy 111 N. of Dunlap at the intersection of Hwy 111 and Hwy 399. Brick church on the hill. ;\) Everyone is welcome to attend and Bros. Mike Rigsby and Freddy Savage will be preaching. Ya'll come! \:\)
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#1467449 - 08/24/09 10:28 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Thanks Tiny! Be great if you could come, but I know that's a long ride from K-town! ;\)
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#1467901 - 08/24/09 03:19 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Not a problem MUP hope some folks come!!! I am trying to figure what CMC stands for but haven't come up with it yet...help me out!
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#1468719 - 08/25/09 04:44 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Congregational Methodist Church. ;\)
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#1479200 - 08/31/09 01:36 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Hope you had a great revial.

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#1480185 - 09/01/09 05:02 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Thanks Tiny, but then again any revival is great, right? ;\)

Hope you're doing better Tom! Sure are missing the devotional's. \:\)
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#1483882 - 09/02/09 11:02 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Thanks Tiny, but then again any revival is great, right? ;\)

Hope you're doing better Tom! Sure are missing the devotional's. \:\)


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#1483942 - 09/03/09 04:59 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Just checking in on you Tom. How are you doing?
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#1484264 - 09/03/09 08:57 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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You were planned!

Hello folks. I am sorry I have not posted a devotion in sometime. I have been in the hospital with an infection in my leg and am now just getting back going again. I am still not 100% so please keep me in your prayers. Lets get to todays verse:

Psalm 139:16

16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

Thsi verse should be so encouraging to all of us no matter what the circumstances were around our birth. God knew us and seen us before we were even formed! To me this answeres the abortion debate really quickly. If God knows us then we are somebody and nobody has the right to that life except God! All of us have different stories of how we came into this worid. Some easy births, some long, some complicated, some almost didn't make it, some were given away soon afetr birth and on and on. But what I want you to know is no matter what the circumstance God knew what was gonna happen and you are not an accident, you were planned by God. He knew what color skin, what color hair, what kind of personality you would have. God planned you and you are important! God says he fashioned the days for you meaning He has a plan for you and only you can accomplish certain things He wants done in your life. That is so awesome that we are that important to God! Should make want to stand up and shout....Praise the Lord! God planned all of this before we even had any days to live....that is simply awesome!

So if you have had any thoughts about being unimportant this should erase all of those thoughts! It don't matter what the world thinks it only matters what God thinks and from what I read He thinks you are important even before you were born!

Have a great day!

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#1484267 - 09/03/09 08:58 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks MUP and Tiny I am much better but not completly out of the woods...thank you very much for your prayers. MUP glad your revival went well!
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#1484324 - 09/03/09 09:41 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks Tom, excellent devotional reading! Prayers continue for healing! \:\)
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#1490478 - 09/08/09 09:11 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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I shall not want!

I hope to get back in my routine!!! Sorry about missing the devotions again. I have been reading a Max Lucado book and he shared this thought a few days ago and it has stuck with me so I want to share it with you. Here is the verse:

The Lord is my sheperd;I shall not want. Psalm 23:1

Really take a moment and think about what that is saying. WOW! Can I say that and mean it? Good question huh? I have lots of wants....hmmm lets see.... new boat, new gun, big buck to come walking by, ahhh 10 lb bass, and the list goes on and on. What about you what can you add? We have become prisoners to wants in our society. Thnk fully God has blessed me with all of my needs but it is the wants that causes problems. We are greedy! We are coveting people. My buddy has this and that and I want it too! The root of this problem is we think these wants will provide happiness! Guess what they won't...atleast lasting happiness. Think about this....how many times have you satisfied that want? Then after a couple of weeks or months that happiness from that want is gone and something else is now needed! True satisfaction in life is not obtained from things is obtained from God. We will not be content until we are content in Christ. Look at what Paul says in Phil. 4:11-12:

11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

And in verse 13 Paul says He finds his strength in Christ....that is where our needs are to be met and focused on in Christ and serving Him!

So what is it you need this morning? If you are full, have clothes, and a roof over your head....there is nothing you need. Be content in Christ for Jesus is your sheperd and He loves you and died for you that should make us pretty content!

Thank you Jesus for the blessing you have given us....help us to be content in you for You are good!

Have a great day folks!

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#1490521 - 09/08/09 09:36 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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#1490596 - 09/08/09 10:23 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Baxter83]
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Thanks Tom! I did need to hear that today!
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Thanks Tom! I am glad that you are feeling beeter. I missed your devotionals each day. Prayers continue.
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#1492560 - 09/09/09 10:51 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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See God's glory!



Good morning folks. Let's get right into our devotion for today! Here are today's verses:

Psalm 19

1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line[a] has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.

In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,
5 Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
6 Its rising is from one end of heaven,
And its circuit to the other end;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

We studied this psalm in Sunday school last week and it has stuck with me ever since. I am a hunter and have seen the sunrise many times. If you have never seen the sunrise you are missing a blessing from God...so plan a day to rise early and see what God does everyday! The sunset is awesome too! Verse 1 tells us that the heavens and the stars decalre God's glory. Have you ever looked up and seen the stars on a clear night?? WOW They show the awesome handiwork of God. He created that...it is hard for us to really comprehend that. Verse 2 tells us how the days and nights speak to us and reveal knowledge to us. Knowledge of what??? God!!! Look at what each day and night brings to us... more time to see His creation and learn more about how much He loves us and has blessed us with life. Are you looking for God each day? He is revealing Himslef but we must be looking for Him! Verse 3 tells us how God reveals Himslef through creation to all. Every language understands the voice of creation...that is God. Verse 4 tells us the this message(line) goes through out the entire world. I believe this is how those who don't have the written word of God have the opportunity to recieve Jesus. God reveals it to them through His creation. The latter part of verse 4-6 talks about the sun. How awesome it is as it rises from one end and moves across the sky to the other end. The verses tell of its strength and its heat and how it touches everything. This also reveals the glory of God. God touches everything through His creation. We are all affected by His creation daily. He created all of this for us. Think about it....if the sun was a little closer we would fry. If it was a little further away we would freeze to death. All of His creation design was put into place with us in mind so we would give Him glory and praise. So we would have a relationship with Him. Then on top of all that He sent His son Jesus to die for us so we can dwell with Him for eternity. The more I write the more I feel unworthy so I am gonna stop here.

God's creation shows us His glory...do you see it? Praise Him today and everyday for He alone is worthy!

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#1492609 - 09/09/09 11:16 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks Tom! Awesome devotional! \:\)
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#1494323 - 09/10/09 09:30 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Good Thursday my friends. God has blessed us with another day use it wisely!! Here are today's verses...read them carefully!

Psalm 19:7-11

7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward.

The word of God! So very important but yet most Christians treat it as an option in their life. For the Christian it is not an option it is the most important reading of their life. It must be a part of one's life everyday. How can one be a servant of God and not know what the Bible says? If we were to take a poll and see how many Christians have read their Bible from cover to cover I wonder what the percentage would be. I would guess not very high at all. Yesterday we talked about the glory of God revealed through His creation. Today we will see God reveals his glory through the Word and also shows us the importance of His word.

Verse 7 says God's word is perfect! Not much explanation needed there. Just like God His word is perfect. It also says it converts souls. The Bible cuts like a sword and reveals our sin to us thus we can confess our sins and accept Jesus as our Savior and be converted to perfection through the shed blood of Jesus Christ...that should want to make ya shout an Amen this morning! Verse 7 goes on to say God's word is sure....as sure as God being Holy..now that is sure! The word makes the wise simple...this makes me think of all the men and women through history who have tried to disprove the Word of God but after much investigation come to the conclusion God's word is true...makes the wise become very simple.

Verse 8 tells us God's word is right and pure and causes us to rejoice. Oh how we need to get some excitement going about the Word of God. The more I read the more I get excited that one day Jesus is coming for those who love Him and accept Him. Oh what a day that will be! Verse 8 also says the Word enlightens the heart. That is the great thing about God's word it shows us what God wants us to know and do. The God of the universe gave us a guide book for life...now that is love!!

Verse 9 tells us the fear of the Lord is clean and enduring and his judgements are right. We should have a reverant fear of God. This may be part of our problem these days that we really don't fear God...this is very dangerous because judgement day is coming. For those that are saved we will be judged on what we are doing for Him now that we are saved. For those who never accept Christ as Savior their judgement will be eternity in hell. Plain and simple.

Verse 10 says we are to desire God's Word more than gold and His Word is sweeter than honey. Think about where our desires are. Are they on God's Word or material things. For the nation as a whole that is pretty easy to determine. But ask yourself that this morning. It may reveal somethings to us that we need to change in our lives. God's Word is sweet but are we taking it in to find this out??

Then in verse 11 the Word tells us we are warned by the scritures and if we keep them as God instructs their is great reward!!! Everyone likes rewards well guess what follow the Word and rewards will be coming! Oh my friends if there is ever a time in history we need to be in God's word it is now. It is alive and relevant for every situation you face in life so get those noses into God's Word!!!

May God speak to you today...He will if you allow Him too!

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